Musical Duo

This pair of short, music-related verse was loosely inspired by this week’s Totally Optional Prompt.

Musical Question
By Madeleine Begun Kane
I watch a flautist play the flute.
She’s really great—there’s no dispute.
Distraction strikes: I know it’s moot,
But why don’t lautists play the lute?

Second Chair Blues (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“I play second chair symphony flute,”
Said the flautist. (“My wife plays the lute.”)
“How I wish I had clout!
Then I’d fire the lout
Who plays first chair. He’s here cause he’s cute.”

(You can find more of my song parodies here.)

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15 Responses to “Musical Duo”

  1. I like the first one particularly – language is strange isn’t it?

  2. Jo says:

    Both of these really tickled me………’lautists’ is wonderful and the cute guy, yep there’s always one!

  3. Norma says:

    This summer on a tour, we had to compose limericks and turn them in. They are quite fun for speaking exactly to the point. English has so many odd names, terms and pronunciations, you must have a blast with this form. Both are wonderful (I played first chair trombone–wonder if there was any jealousy?)

  4. Pauline says:

    love the word play

  5. paisley says:

    very clever.. enjoyed them both….

  6. Christy says:

    I enjoyed reading both of these.


  7. I liked the musical one. It sticks out!!

  8. Rambler says:

    I liked the limerick.. somethings really attractive in it.

  9. Cynthia says:

    Yay! I love those two.

  10. D ick says:

    Brilliant. Both an excellent (& rare) combination of technical expertise & real humour.

  11. Tumblewords says:

    Laughing. These were fun and clever!

  12. Dennis says:

    These are just plain fun. Fun to read and fun to say out loud.

  13. sister AE says:

    These are both great!

    The first reminds me of a comedy bit that Shelley Berman used to do – one Kleenex, two Kleeneces – one sheriff, two sheriffim – and so on.

    The second takes me back to high school band!

  14. madkane says:

    Thanks so much, everyone. I’m so glad you enjoyed them!