A Secret Genius This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

August 12, 2010
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The piano teacher sits on my bench and tells me to play through the C scale.
I start.
I play the wrong note.
She frowns.
I start again, and do the same.
She says, “Why don't you try a song?” She pulls out sheet music.
“Twinkle, twinkle, little star.”
I begin.
She winces, then removes my hands from the keys.
“Like this,” she says, and plays the notes perfectly.
I try next.
She winces again.
“Your mother said you were good,” she said.
“She said you loved music,”she said.
“She said you wanted to have music lessons to improve further,” she said.
“She wants, not me,” I murmur.
“Try the C scale again,” she says.
I stumble through it.
The teacher sighs in exasperation.
“I'm sorry, but I can't teach someone like you, with no ear for music.”
She leaves.
I sigh in relief.
And then.
And then, only.
And then only do I take out the sheet music.
The music with my name at the top.
I play.
I play perfectly.
I play my songs, the ones that make me laugh.
The ones that transport you to distant places.
The ones that tell you what life is and means.
The ones I wrote myself.
I look at the bench beside me.
The piano teacher left her purse.
I hear the door open.
Back to the C scale.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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a.d.g. said...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm
haha, I didn't know it was possible to mess up a C scale.
Rachel E. said...
Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm
StephanieB said...
May 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm
Rebecca...you are AMAZING! I mean it! I seriously think you could write a poetry book! *hugs*
LydiaB said...
May 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Congratulations on having this article printed! How super duper exciting! I had no idea you wrote things like this! I think it's awesome! I've enjoyed reading your other articles on this site. Keep up the good work, and thanks so much for letting me know your exciting news! Yay!
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