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The Double-Bass Player

Not even a name like the others.

Violinists, of course. Cellists too.

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But double-bass players are

A linguistic and orchestral encumbrance.

For there he is, patiently

Waiting for that bar two pages on in the score

Where he may produce at last a vibrant burr -

Seen, yet scarce perceived beyond his bow.

And as he waits he dreams.

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From his mooring he watches steadfastly

The hunchback cormorant flap his wings

And swiftly he casts off.

Past the wide-kneed cellists bent on their oars

Past the violinists, frenzied vaporetti

Chugging down to the Academia,

Gondolier-poised he glides.

Punts past the trombones' mournful siren

Past the woodwinds endless chatter

Out, out into the lagoon

In search of a name.

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