Laurie’s Fur Elise

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some music we make our own
through hours of learning.  i was there
for those first missed notes
on the baby grand & then later
by 12 years on the recycled upright
saved from the curb
that needed tuning & plastic glued
over missing ivories
when she made that simple
but spiraling rich point
& counterpoint hers
& then again hers
with all those flights
those flourishes
no longer simple
but spirit exhaled & tangled
in those notes
when she played

i cannot hear that piece
without seeing her play it
though her fingers
have not kissed those keys,
any keys

for 17 years

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