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They come to see him every night

Practiced fingers

Stroking and finessing

Typeset strokes and words flow

According to a military rhythm

A pianist might bore them

Hung up as they are on words

And so in the spotlight onstage

He types

His prose painted on a glowing


Practiced and rehearsed

Perhaps improvised from

Time to time

Always they cheer

When the gasps that follow his

Punctuation cease.