~ Laurence McKinney
From Western Coast to Eastern Seaboard
Rages the battle of the keyboard,
For storming the piano-forte
Is famous as an Indoor Sport.
Surrounded by a hundred men
Like Daniel in the Lion's Den,
The virtuoso takes his seat
Preparing to resist defeat.
A few stray shots, with unconcern
He ducks, and coolly waits his turn,
It comes, and shooting flats and sharps
He knocks them for a row of harps.
Courageous as a stag at bay,
He's up, he's down, he's got away -
The fighting stops, the music ends.
They usually part as friends.