In the kitchen

Three vignettes from the ‘kitchen’ (percussion) department of our local orchestra.


The cymbalist waits for the beat . . .
Here it comes . . . As the metal discs meet
The expulsion of air
Rearranges his hair,
Which once looked so terribly neat.

The trianglist wants to do well,
He’s counting the bars – you can tell.
But a hundred bars’ rest
Is too complex a test,
And he’s just missed his entry. Oh, hell!

The timpanist’s sturdy physique
Boosts his wickedly boisterous technique.
He insists that these wimps
Stay away from his timps;
In the ‘kitchen’, he’s chef de musique!

[Images: Arts Victoria/James Penlidis (cymbals); onedrawingaday.com (triangle); Dwight A Thomas (timpani)]
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