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A fall from Grace?

Story ID:6514
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:2010
Person:Dreaming Chelsea Kansas Kid
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A fall from Grace?

After a short introduction
On recital day
The old man moved to center stage
And that “Majestic” old Steinway.

As he placed his strong hands
Gently on the keys
As his fingers touched
Those Ivories

He had the audience
In the palm of his hand
As he played away
His renditions, “O so Grand”

Brahms, Beethoven and Bach
Wagner, Chopin and Liszt
The tones put your mind into a wondrous dreamy state
You couldn’t resist.

As he stood to take his bow
A voice was heard to say
Get your brooms and dustpans
Time to clean up today.

The old man took his tools
Moved into the aisle
While he was cleaning
He was smiling all the while

Knowing that at one time
He was Number one
Some one else was
Getting the cleaning done

But that old disease
Arthritis took its toll
No longer could he
Make his fingers roll

Up and down the keyboard
Like they used to do
He had to admit
His recital days were through.

He could still hear the Great Maestros
In this Grand Auditorium
He had ringside seats
Here in the janitors room.

Monte L. Manka 11-11-10