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Music Lesson 

My uncle died, was on holiday in Piraeus, 
a pig fell off a balcony. 
He left a piano and since his wife didn’t 
want it in her house, mother took it, 
only because it would lend an impression 
of high culture, 
no one else in our neighbourhood had one.
I played on it day and night, 
picked up tunes on radio and played 
them on the piano; 
people where impressed, mother too, 
but she needed her rest worked long hours 
at a fish canning factory. 
One day, coming home from school, 
a big empty space, 
I cried mother gave me Danish pastry, 
they were a day old but still tasty. 
I’m glad she sold the piano, though I might 
have ended up a restaurant pianist 
driving from town to town playing evergreens 
as background music for bored diners;
a bitter pianist who dreams of 
becoming a car mechanic.   

Copyright © jan oskar hansen

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  1. Date: 4/13/2013 7:37:00 AM
    I could just bound across the ocean and kiss you, I love this poem so much. As they say, you were screwed of joy. Since the piano and TV were in the same room, my father would yell at me to stop playing because he couldn't hear the TV. I could have been a contender too, but was a great typist with the rhythm of Fats Domino. love, Kathy

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    Date: 4/13/2013 3:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Kathy glad to be useful