An Ordinary Chap?

John attended a session of Virginia's Poetry Corner and played the piano after I read this poem.  We all had a wonderful time.

 

Watch that man coming and going

An ordinary chap in a baseball cap

But wait, it’s the John Kurz we’re seeing

And he can make us clap and clap

See the twinkle in his dark eyes

He knows he’ll have us in his thrall

Sit down, let’s wait for his surprise

His talent woos and wins us all.

 

John takes his place at the piano

He toys with us to show his mood

Easy notes let anticipation grow

As he works his magical prelude

 Nodding to his friends this day

He greets the audience he’ll heed

 “Now what would you like me to play?”

“Anything and everything,” we plead.

 

We sing with him a favorite love song

Dance in our chairs and tap our toes

To rhythmic show tunes that follow along

One after another until John knows

To allow applause to break the spell

Then he turned to the powerful phase

Of his repertoire and chords fell

Deeper and majestic in a fiery blaze

A moment of silence…roaring applause

Our knowledge that John Kurz could cause 

Us to fall to our knees anytime he pleased.

 

Virginia L. Wylie

 

John Kurz and his piano became residents of Horizon Bay (now Brookdale OC) in March 2014.

His degree from Notre Dame is in business which he pursued until retirement.  He has no formal music training.  He plays by ear and memory.  His mother, he says, set him down at a piano at

the age of three and said “PLAY!”  He did…and he does.

 



Virginia resides in Brookdale Orange City, Florida and is the author of the poetry that appears here. The views and opinions expressed in this poetry are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.

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