The previous post, Piano Man, mentioned a performance by pianist Art Resnick and me at the informal entertainment concluding a residential course in Northern California in summer 1993. I’d thought the poem lost, but here it is with Art’s exciting piano accompaniment replaced by the author’s muted cringing.



In a hall of mirrors

Images cascade

Glimpses, voices, parts and holes

Halloween parade.

Three steps forward, two steps back

Leaping like a snail

Clinging on… to the dragon’s tail


Maidens rescue heroes

Princes lose their way

Settle down, make princelings

Nothing left to say.

Terrified the light they knew

Is surely bound to fail

Clinging on… to the dragon’s tail


Wild and wicked places

Good folk never go

Grinning tigers, mocking snakes

Eyes that flash and glow.

Blundering in circles

Searching for the trail

Clinging on… to the dragon’s tail