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06 March 2013

Dead pianos

The Knabe baby grand
did a cartwheel and landed
on its back,
legs poking into the air.

A Lester upright
thudded onto its side
with a final groan of strings,
a death-rattling chord.

After ten pianos were dumped,
a small yellow loader
with a claw in front scuttled
in like a vicious beetle,

crushing keyboards,
and cases

into a pile.

From For More Pianos, Last Note Is Thud in the Dump, The New York Times, 29 July 2012. Submitted by J.R. Solonche.