Ting the little fork, hold against the bone of tooth,
and your brain, chest, and gut will fill with sound
(but not song, not yet).
A is the true from which all other notes are measured.
While the F-sharp is easy to find, the D-sharp proves elusive,
and I cannot remember what is perfect,
what is diminished,
what is augmented.
For all its purity, this A
is singularly unhelpful today.