I stood next to my friend as she called
"Will you play the piano?"
I nodded even though it seemed to get hotter
I followed her to the classroom and sat close to the door
She motioned to me and I had no choice but to walk across the floor
My stomach was a butterfly pen
My palms seemed to be able to fill a river with their sweat
I sat down and waited for her to begin
She pointed to me and at first I forgot everything around me
And let the music come from within
Then everyone started to sing and I was jolted back to reality
I started to trip
Started to stumble
By the end of the song I'd messed up most of the notes
My friend said
"That was good."
But I knew it was a lie
My face went red and I just sat there and kept from crying
I didn't speak for the rest of the hour.
When class was over I went straight away.
And the next time if she ask
I'll just say, "Not today."