Lorraine Capparell  © 2007 All Rights Reserved

Haiku for Solo Piano

The pianist in black
comes out, shakes hands with the piano.
They are attending the same funeral.

“The Steinway is dead,”
he said. “Wheel out the Yamaha
ha ha ha instead.”

“The coffin of music,”
quipped James Joyce.
But listen, listen in living black and white.

The intermission:
Silent piano silent movie.
Unaccompanied.

The pianist in black
comes out, shakes hands with the piano.
They are going to play championship chess.

The huge black mouth,
nearly the size of the summer night.
“Listen,” it says. “Here is a dream even longer than yours.”

J. R. Solonche
Copyright © 2007

 

J.R. Solonche’s poems have appeared in many magazines, journals, and anthologies. He is co-author with wife Joan Siegel of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books). He teaches at Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York.


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