I don't remember a single fact
about the elephant seals of Año Nuevo,
or the conversations I had with friends
who spent the day whale watching,
certainly not what we ate
that night in the dining hall,
or why I decided to run ahead
of my classmates and teachers
back to our lodge.
There I discovered our bus driver
playing the piano in the lobby.
He stopped when he realized
I was there, and went to his room.
No one else heard him play.
I was the unwelcome audience.
I was moody that night
and couldn't explain that I was sad
because my own enthusiasm
had broken something magical.
That unregarded man played
such beautiful music with hands
that had brought us there safely.
I would not even remember him
were it not for the broken music,
and what I really learned that night.
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This poem was revised in response to the prompt from Big Tent Poetry to revise a poem from about a year ago.
The first version was originally written in response to the day twelve prompt to write about a city at Poetic Asides last year, in April 2010.