Tom Goff

Why I Play Trumpet

Because if there is climax in this life,
such as impels symphonic argument,
it burgeons by virtue of brass instruments
─ the orchestra’s boldest beings, chief lawscoffs─

whilst quietist souls desire you kindly stifle
that giggle, stay inside your leaky tent,
desist from twiddling those itching thumbs you’ve bent,
make drunken fifes keep off our Duncan Fyfe.

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