You: a Piano Song

I want to play
you: a piano song,
writ in a happy key.

It’s something written
for just you and me,
and seems complete…
a collection of white keys
that’s so pure and clean.

Yet, as I descend
through the scale,
I learn about the blackness

Few worthwhile songs
were ever written
without the black keys

and as I struggle
to force this all into
something purely major,

I realize that
I am playing myself,
a piano song,
writ from only broken strings…

that was ever the danger, it’s
writ only to be black and brief.

©️ Obol, 2019.

That’s gloomy.

Perhaps it’s a reflection on the last few weeks, but I am actually in a pretty ‘white key’ mood today… whatever that means.

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