52 SONGS

...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

17. Observations


The credenza that holds the tv and turntable
also holds a lava lamp and land-line phone:

Four devices outdated but sleek: The base
and top tip of the lava lamp are the same

dully sheeny silver as the base of the turntable
and the phone base station and phone's trim.

The tv's all black, reflective of the piano
and black, night-time window. Music,

like a pair of discarded mattresses
leaning against a black wall show up on

the screen. They resolve into clarity
when I turn my head toward them:

"The Entertainer," on the left.
Piano Adventures on the right.

The lamp above them, turned off, is that same
silver mentioned earlier in this poem.

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