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This terrifying true tale happened just minutes before I caught these words on paper:

Rude Awakening!

From my nice clean piano keys
There LURCHED a frightened BUG:
A thing quite unexpected,
Which I FLICKED down on the rug.
My audience has been quite small,
But nothing quite like this at all –
I wonder now WHAT ELSE HAS CRAWLED
Beneath these shiny keys?

I wanted these piano keys
To take me far away –
AWAY from daily irritants,
Like little bugs at play.
The notes my hands were following
Great joy and gladness sought to bring –
Not YUCKY, UNEXPECTED THINGS
That leave me ill at ease!

by Gwennon
May 30, 2014

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