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The Glistening White Keys

January 17, 2021
By maswani2026 BRONZE, Los Angeles, California
maswani2026 BRONZE, Los Angeles, California
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Piano is like singing with your hands and reading at the same time

The glistening white keys of the piano shout out my name

Sing with me, tap your hands on my surface

The only thing the keys want is for me to play with them

So, I sit down and read the sheet music

I see the notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G

And my hands magically start to sing

The whole room starts filling with joy

I glide my fingers across the piano

I walk my hands all over the keys, up, down, back, and around

I can see the hammers inside the piano hitting the string

Each measure like a new sentence of expression

I hold the sustain pedal

I want the sound to stay forever and ever

When the sound leaves, my ears feel empty

They feel as empty as a lake with no water 

Don’t blame the keys for being wrong

Don’t hurt the keys with a hammer

Play the keys with a feather, swish swish

Don’t get mad at them for singing off key

You are the one who needs to make the keys sing

So play

The author's comments:

Piano is my favorite thing to do, so I decided to write a poem describing the feeling I get when playing. I hope this piece of poetry inspires more people to take on the adventure of playing an instrument, and love it as much as I do.

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