NaPoWriMo Day 14

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Today’s prompt is to write a poem in the form of the opening scene to the movie of your life.

PIANO GIRL
SCENE ONE

INT. LIVING ROOM—DAY 

PIANO GIRL is seated at an upright piano
playing a monotonous finger exercise
not very well.
She makes a mistake, 
groans,
and starts again.
Soon she makes another mistake
and pounds keys in frustration.

MOTHER
(offscreen)

Andrea!

Piano Girl groans again,
starts her exercise again,
soon makes another mistake.

PIANO GIRL

		I hate this!

Piano Girl starts the exercise again,
soon makes another mistake.

PIANO GIRL

		How much longer?

MOTHER
(offstage)

		Five more minutes.

Piano Girl groans,
starts the exercise again,
makes another mistake.

FADE OUT

©ARHuelsenbeck

Poet’s note: In a perfect world (definitely not WordPress world), the above poem would show up in the American Typewriter prompt and formatted like a screenplay. The WordPress verse block will not duplicate my formatting, and I don’t have the coding savvy to correct it.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

2 responses »

    • I was taught by one of the nuns at the parochial school I attended. She was a pretty decent teacher; I was a horribly unmotivated pupil. I thought I should just play it through once or twice and then I “knew” it.
      I’m sure if you were my teacher, you would have ignited the love of practice in me. I didn’t get that until I was almost sixty–and I’ve lost it again since the pandemic.

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