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  • Mom, clarinet, was home late
    from community band practice
    at the middle school
    Barry, trumpet, had a turkey call
    he needed to give her
    out in his truck
    so she could give it to Papa
    because he was going out
    early tomorrow morning
    Barry usually goes too
    but he had an appointment
    at the doctors in town

    Mom is first clarinet
    which isn’t saying much
    second clarinet is on her deathbed
    lots of members are barely hanging on
    to the talents they once possessed
    it makes for some admirably bad music
    last concert they played some tunes
    from the Sound of Music
    when they were done
    Mary-Lou, trumpet, said
    'i don’t know what that was
    but it wasn’t
    the sound of music'
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