Saturday’s Mix–24 June 2017 – Shifting the Piano

The task today is to write a short prose or poetry piece that illustrates the importance of sound in the world around us.


Bang, crash, hold on!

Hold your end up!

Ugh…can’t, thud, ugh, puffing, puffed.

What’s wrong with you? This was all your idea!

I didn’t think it would be so heavy.

It’s a piano idiot. Heavy is its middle name.

Grab hold. Lift.

Grunt, puff, shove,

Crash, smash, tinkle,

Mum’s best vase? How are you gonna explain that?

It stepped in front of us?

For goodness sake. One two three lift!

Grind, scrap, splinter,

I’m losing it

Hang on


It’s going!

No, we’re half way up the stairs!

Its toppling, sorry!

Thudding over it spits out an assortment of melodic notes

Lands with an almighty crash on the bottom floor,

Dust clouds up towards us

A single middle C is heard.

Dust settles

Our laboured breathing subsides

We are alive

And middle C is still singing.


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7 Responses to Saturday’s Mix–24 June 2017 – Shifting the Piano

  1. weejars says:

    This one made me smile!!!!

  2. OH Ho, middle c is still singing. I say Laurel and Hardy through all of this

  3. Lorraine says:

    Yes, Laurel and Hardy. I love the idea of C resounding — the start, the middle, and the end of the keyboard.
    And memories of a friend whose piano I helped move several times — it remaining in one piece despite my efforts.
    We thought that for one move, as it was short distance down hill, I would lay on top like a torch singer, he would tinkle the ivories with the bench attached somehow. The image made us giggle — I do wish we had pulled that one off.
    Your story brought a similar smile.

    • Michael says:

      I think we all had visions of doing something similar with pianos and I think that was to distract us from the challenge of shifting the things.

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