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128| Haiku for the Pianist

Tom Merrill

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That soft touch of skin
Makes music on my ear through
Skilled fingers on wood.

Those keys I envy
As your soft palm caresses
Mere wood made dulcet.

Then brought to dancing
Are your fingers, so gentle
Upon the old wood.

Five and forty keys
Will make happy other men,
I choose your two lips.

Tom Merrill is Chair of the Department of Music and Theater, Assistant to the Dean for the Arts, and Director for Choral Activities at Xavier University, where he conducts the chamber choir, the Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble. He is the Director of Music at the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati and serves as the Vice-President of the American Choral Directors Association Central Division. He has served on the board of ChoralNet and is a past president of the Ohio Choral Directors Association. He is a board member of the Cincinnati Boy Choir.

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