My Life in D-flat Major

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5 flats

5 odds to dexterity

The black keys

Seem lathered with oil

The ivory a half-step crevasse

Between failure and success

My fingers have no pitons

As they free solo

The short do-or-die distance

To perfection

The heart of my summit

5 days

5 hours a day

Think technique

No, thinking

is a curse after drills


Leave the strain on your spine

Not on your hands

Never on your wrists

They have been softened by toil

Set yourself free with your mind

Doing all the singing

When you are gone

When you hear a new language

Not even the longest fingers can speak

When the call of the wild

Inside you

Is taming your beast

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