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San Jose Symphony Reception

Narrated by Bill Wolak

New Jersey


(Flagrante delicto)


The bald man in plaid playing the harpsichord 

stopped short and sidled over 

to the sideboard 

and copped a piece of Moka 

on a silver plate 

and slid back and started playing again 

some kind of Hungarian rhapsodate 

while the lady with the green eyeshades 

leaned over him exuding 

admiration & lust 

Hall notes danced & tumbled 

out of his instrument 

exuding a faint odor of 

chocolate cake 

In the corner I was taking 

a course in musical destruction 

from the dark lady cellist 

who bent over me with her bow unsheathed 

and proceeded to saw me in half 

As a consequence my pants fell right off 

revealing a badly bent trombone which 

even the first flutist 

who had perfect embouchure 

couldn’t straighten out 




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