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Alexander Averin

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Pianissimo






This is another poem, inspired by a picture,  written for Magpie Tales.



 



Pianissimo


Haunted by a slant of light across the lintel,
I am left hanging now, half-heard in the stillness.
Once you were my cradle, my nightly lullaby;
but now, stealthily as a piano, you 
have become far-distant, faint, barely audible.
I had tried to ignore your dark blue undertones,
played pianissimo, which drew out my tears.
I turned every trick in my last-ditch attempts.
I soft-pedalled, I turned somersaults, I tapped
and I kicked, I changed every tune but your own.
Your notes, once sacred to me, are now muted, laced
with a whispered nuance, so I look down and 
await the final, inevitable
and most deadly silence. 




Cait O’Connor



16 comments:

Fireblossom said...

This broke my heart....

...stealthily.

(and I learned a new word and what it means, from your cool title.)

Bekkie Sanchez said...

Lovely write! The line "I changed every tune but your own." was wonderful!

Sue said...

Oh, well done!
Such an effective analogy.

And the title is great.

=)

Tess Kincaid said...

Bittersweet...perfect title...

rel said...

Too sad.
Evocative.

A Cuban In London said...

Your poem made think of Chopin's etude "Revolutionary", probably my favourite one by him. What a beautiful piece. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Harvee said...

Heart rending. Love the use of the piano imagery to reflect emotion.

Gail said...

Such sadness...

Rob-bear said...

Sigh! Muted, laced with a whispered nuance. It seems so many thing are like that, these days.

Blessings and Bear hugs!

Truedessa said...

This is so sad.."I changed every tune but your own"

Helen said...

This is lovely Cait ... Softly, gently ending in one solitary note.

Foxglove Lane Studio said...

Your beautiful poetry is blowing me away today Cait. You have honed your craft to such a fine art. Now to browse some more.....

Helena said...

Hitting a lot of sad notes with this one! Deep and poignant indeed.

Amrit Sinha said...

This strikes the right chords in the heart and soul ... very beautifully written !!!

Stacy Lynn said...

This poem left me breathless...

you are so very, very talented. i'm so happy i came across your writing!!

stacy lynn mar
http://warningthestars.blogspot.com/

mywordwall said...

This is poignant and well written. Beautiful analogy here.