The Elegy

of a Saxophone

Trapped, I am filled with darkness

Cold, rusty, dead, heartless

I have lived my Golden Age

No longer will lights reflect off of me on the stage

Battered and Bruised

My mirror of skin was overused

I used to emulate a cheering crowd

Reflecting the stage as I bowed

I've had a good run

My shabby appearance clearly shows I am done

In the past my brass coat shined

But in the dark case I am now confined.

This poem was written by Maddie Lowe, a 10th grade student at South Jefferson High School in Adams, N.Y.

Maddie is the daughter of Lt. Col. Erik and Lisa Lowe of Adams. Her mother, the former Lisa Tobia, is a graduate of Palmerton Area High School. Her grandmother, Mary Tobia, is a TIMES NEWS correspondent.

The saxophone Maddie is holding in the photograph belongs to her uncle, and had not been played for 25 years.

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