Pied piper of perfect pitch
leading the bewildered children
into a land of promise.
Playing into their hands
notes they do not understand.
Cacophonies of cascading symphonies
vibrate malleus incus stapes.
Interpretation in the grey zone
of sound waves wrenched
from the score,
appreciate more.

But the children have been misled.
They naively follow the sounds
and hang on to the notes.
Only the schooled musician
really knows the ropes.
A poor performance
misplayed score
mistaken interpretation
wrong tempo—
where’s the door!

The rats have gone
the children too
the piper closed the doors.
Disharmony discord—
the audience applauds.