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The Flautist of North Station


The flautist of North Station,

playing Amazing Grace,

will get, for compensation,

some quarters in a case


on which, for sympathy,

he's taped a picture of

his daughters, so that we

may see he plays for love;


may see he plays for free,

while someone in a suit

takes up the melody

our man plays on the flute


and starts to whistle it

as he departs the station,

bound for a world unfit

for any such salvation.


Bill Coyle



(c) 1995 by Bill Coyle; first printed in

The Formalist; used by permission of
the author.

Background by
Purple Woods

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