Not Quite Piano Piano

New scan 12-10-10

Not Quite Piano Piano

We listen to Lang Lang who milks
(almost amusingly)
the pauses,
then go out to look
at Mars,
its brightness tipped with red
in the blue night.
A plane seems almost
to fly into it and you joke about seeing
Martians, your arm in the sling, recovering,
as tree frogs sing of Spring (almost
amusingly), and I wonder why it is
we do not make a hymn
to every single
given moment.

A draft draft incidental poem for Real Toads Open Platform.  Process notes: Lang Lang is a celebrated and very skilled pianist — a great showman.  Tree frogs are excessively loud, while the term piano refers to softness in volume.

The painting above is by my husband, Jason Martin, and was used in the cover of my poetry book, Going on Somewhere.   (This copy is a bit purply–sorry, Jay.)

Hope all well for all. 

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11 Comments on “Not Quite Piano Piano”

  1. lynn__ Says:

    Ah, I really like these homey, hymn-worthy moments you’ve painted here, K!

  2. Jim Says:

    The Moon and Mars do strange things to us. Mars is especially bright right now due to its opposition to the Sun being fairly in line with Earth. I like your realistic view of Mars followed by the revelation of dreams and wishes of what one would like to happen.

  3. Steve King Says:

    This is the kind of hymn you speak of…a brief witnessing of the beauty and variety and mystery of the world(s) around us. Almost a ‘mood’ piece that captures moment to moment reflections. And, yes, as you note, those country frogs are cacophonous!
    Steve K

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks so much, Steve. This is a completely unedited poem, and I feel I should maybe have made more of it, or made it clearer or a different title, and then just decided to let it be. Thank you for your kind comment. If someone has not heard the tree frogs they can’t imagine it. And Lang lang does bang a bit! k.

  4. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    Beautiful! yes, every moment such as this deserves its poem, even if it is internalized.

  5. Your poem made me feel well wrapped-up and cosy. 🙂

    Greetings from London.

  6. It sounds like it would be such a lovely song/music!

  7. hedgewitch Says:

    Sometimes the moment is all we have, with all its flavors of times present and times gone, its fragrances of mind and earth, its sounds piano-ed away into the background, yet part of everything. Lovely poem, k.

  8. Polly Says:

    Loving the tree frogs singing in spring – ace 😀

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