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  • Writer's pictureSarah Donkin

The Untuned Piano

This piano doesn’t get played enough to be

tuned once every six months, to have each string

stretched until the note it plays sits right

between half a step above and half a step below

my fingers are hammers on the keys

that strike hammers against the un-maintained strings

like tiny memories and revelations

triggering signal pitches through synapses

dampened by soft colors and sounds

or clarified, amplified, echoed in

sustaining pedals of sleep and


as I listen and start to imagine

all of the intricacies of tuning a piano.

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