What is that Instrument, Mr. Mann?

for Diane

It is the oboe of life.

It is a double reed touched by

a variety of savage mouths.

What is an English horn?

Violins spit spectacular sass.

Who can say what

Vivaldi was thinking.

I don’t know Italian

but I could learn.  Bon giorno

you montepulciano showoff.

They locked Pound up

in a tiny cage under

the Leaning Tower.

He wrote poems

but he hated Jews.