Zoe’s spinet


gotten for the cost
of hauling it here
& feeding four friends
who heave it through
my sliding glass door

is the instrument
I said she could learn
as it will not decay
in that jungle
she calls her room–
no mushrooms will sprout
in a mouthpiece
& it will not hide
under piles of socks

or get kicked under a bed

& I will finally learn
when she starts to play

if jazz is genetic


About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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12 Responses to Zoe’s spinet

  1. Nature and Nurture! Are the first seeds of career in music being planted or is a dormant seed being watered? All the best to mom and daughter.

  2. Rhonda says:

    she will…she can…you will….you can….you should.

  3. nelle says:

    Play play play. I so love music, it speaks to my soul in so many ways beyond the intent of its creator and performing artist. I can make words flow, sometimes with eloquence… yet I cannot play a stick of music. I’m reminded of a quote from a television programme:

    >>”M*A*S*H: Morale Victory (#8.19)” (1980)

    Major Charles Winchester: Don’t you see? Your hand may be stilled, but your gift cannot be silenced if you refuse to let it be. The gift does not lie in your hands. I have hands, David. Hands that can make a scalpel sing. More than anything in my life I wanted to play, but I do not have the gift. I can play the notes, but I cannot make the music. You have performed Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin. Even if you never do so again, you’ve already known a joy that I will never know as long as I live. Because the true gift is in your head and in your heart and in your soul. Now you can shut it off forever, or you can find new ways to share your gift with the world – through the baton, the classroom, or the pen. As to these works, they’re for you, because you and the piano will always be as one.<<


  4. lovely one! likely to follow your steps, is she?

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