Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Headline Poem 3/12/14 -- piano man in east harlem

(Photo credit The New Yorker)

Today's poem is based on the explosion that rattled New York this morning. Here, a CNN headline focuses on a piano store owner who was watching TV one minute, and the next, watching pianos fly through the air. At least three people were killed, 63 are hurt, and nine are still missing. The cause seems to be a gas leak. While reading about this story, I came across the song "explosions" by Ellie Goulding, and even watched a few piano tutorials for how to play this song. I thought it fitting to include one line of lyrics and a few of the notes from the beginning.

piano man in east harlem

sidewalk goes from smooth to
switchback edges
eyes wide and impressionable 
peer over the ledge
to grey boulder shadows down below
yellow meadow of cab cars and crates
now covered in black and white
delivery guys know where to park
like deer, they find solace in filling space
today, spring smiles awaken during dreams of sliver grass
to an explosion with a noise they can't explain
trapped and strained  
piano man in east harlem
trembled like he'd seen a ghost, 
f to dm f to dm
hum, hum, hum