by Mary Pryor

for Linda and Mike


After the sound-proof studio,
state-of-the-art, had been installed,
dust proof, acoustic paneled, walled
with Black Hills panoramas, dreams
of music in the basement met
one obstacle. The best of schemes
"gang aft agley." Who could forget
that grand piano on first floor?
Resonant, massive, lion-clawed,
too large for any window, door,
or beneath...
our grand design, could it be flawed?
(Alice in Wonderland, bequeath
some mushrooms for these ivory teeth!)
Yet there are tunes contractors know.
Tear up the carpet. Saw a hole.
Scaffold and pulley play their role.
Piano...easing down just so...
completes our rapturous studio.




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