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The Piano

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Martie
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The piano beckons
like an old lover.

With me, with me
you were once enamored.
My keys played your passion.
Your fingers were my power.

Remember when I
was your master
and you were my bright
and shining star?
You were only seven
but your listening
knew my value.

The piano teacher
with halitosis
wilted your desire
for lessons,
you studied improvisation.
I was your instructor.

I took you to far-off places
where you dreamed of quiet sweetness
or the tumultuous falls
of some neatherland.

Your mother played a mean boogie.
I was the bonding of you and she,
two together on that bench,
not the couch where Walter Cronkite
was the captain
or the massive table
forking peas and strained conversation.

You played your secret love on me
My music filled the silence in you.

Now words fill you up,
enrapture you with their poetry.

I am dusty and old,
my strings are stretched,
four keys have sunk onto themselves,
you forget to polish me.
I am the keeper of family photographs.

With me, with me
you were once enamored.
My keys played your passion.
Your fingers were my power.
Play me again
for old times sake.


© Copyright 1999 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
Watcher666
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1 posted 11-06-1999 02:23 PM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Liked this much! Well done!

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2 posted 11-06-1999 02:29 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Martie,
Interesting poem, enjoyed the read.
Martie
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Watcher and Seymour, I can always count on you guys. Thanks for reading and comments
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4 posted 11-06-1999 09:23 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Martie, you have become a 'must' read. Everything you have done has been excellent and this one especially so. You create beauty out of simplicity and make it look easy.
Martie
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Balladeer, you just made my heart sing. Thankyou.
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6 posted 11-06-1999 09:34 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

The haunting music runs through my head.
The piano teacher ... long dead.
You stroke the keys of way-back-when ...
Tomorrow I will 'tickle the ivory' again.
Thanks for reminding me of the songs
I learned at the piano ... so very long ago.

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WhtDove
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Wow the memories. I still play when I get to my mom's. Which isn't often. But oh I love it, music runs through the soul. Get lost in the time of playing! Great one!
Munda
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8 posted 11-07-1999 02:35 AM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Feels like I missed a lot, not knowing how to play the piano.
I enjoyed reading this. : )
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Thankyou Marge Whte Dove for your memories. I'm glad to have brought back such pleasant ones. You could still learn to play Munda.
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