An old piano–scarred, and battered
Sat abandoned under a canopy
That ran along the front of businesses
Near a city park, replete with
Pleasant fountains, footpaths
Fragrant flowers, whimsical statues
Brought together under live oak shade

Working people passed by
Paid the old piano no mind
Enjoyed pastries, ice cream
From local merchants
Discussed water cooler gossip
In their, lucky to escape
From the cubicle, sylvan setting

It was astounding, how
The broken-down old piano
Spared from a landfill
Was still making musical
Memories–reflected in the eyes
Of curious children on field trips
Allowed to bang on the keys
Tourists recalled piano lessons
Recitals, searches for middle “C”
For these many reasons
The old piano had to be

Author: warturoadam77p

70 year old married retired communications worker with three grown children, transplanted from the Midwest to the sunny Gulf Coast.

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