September 2017

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Foto Sicily: Piano

By Allan Lake

In the muddle of Palermo Airport:

a grand piano.


People glance, some hesitate,

one played a single note then

took a bow to imagined applause.


A hairy young man with bad skin

sat down, monkeyed with a few keys

and then played a haunting

version of that jazz standard,

Autumn Leaves

and my tears took their leave

of some autumn

deep within me.