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The Piano - Isis Challenge

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Romy
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0 posted 06-05-2000 12:53 PM       View Profile for Romy   Email Romy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Romy

The Piano

It leans broken and neglected against the wall,
like a tired, lonely old man waiting patiently for a visitor.
In the silence it seems to yearn for a gentle touch
to give voice to the many songs it has yet to sing.

On its dusty surface linger memories of useful, busy times,
children laughing, wedding marches, birthday wishes.
The high-spirited melodies of youthful gladness  
spilling out the open window and into the sunny afternoon.  

  There were better days,  
when as a child, I eagerly climbed onto its bench
like a grandfathers welcoming lap,
coaxing it to play a beautiful song.

Always the loyal friend, forgiving my sticky hands
and stumbling fingers,
  I pounded joyfully on the ivory keys
  and fervently stamped on its foot pedals.
  
Eyes closed, swaying wildly from side to side,
the music crashed and rumbled in my ears
resounding through the house,
  filling the air with exuberant thunder,

and for a while, I was lost in the enchantment.





Irish Rose
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I loved this, I had written a story entitled 'The Piano" before I had read this or knew of a challenge?
I posted it in the prose section, weird huh?

 Kathleen

"How do I love thee? Let
me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace." Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Romy
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Irish Rose, This is a coincidence!  I guess it's bound to happen from time to time!

I read your prose piece and it reminded me so much of the way I felt as a child. Sitting at the piano, playing it my own way!

I wrote this poem a couple of years ago and revised it several times.

I orginally titled in Grandma's Piano!
Isis
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Debbie, this was beautiful.  I too have valued memories of singing and playing the flute with my father by our piano.  Now I'm married and living in my own home with my family, I see it there sometimes looking just like you say, longing for life, to sing again with special people that have music in their souls.
Wonderful work hon  

 I'll tell you this...... No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.....
~Isis~
(Goddess - Sovereign of the Spirit)


 
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