Merry Old Month of May: 2-Music

Daily Prompt:  Music



Under shiny black recital grand—

6’8”, precious

(“we thought we’d have to put wheels on it

and drive it” precious, according to Mom),

imposing, and yet

as normal as the living room couch—

I lay for years, paperback held high over my face,


and listened, felt, as my head resounded,

an extension of the piano soundboard ribs,

minor chords and melancholy tones percolating

the marrow of my own small ribs,

my forming bones in structural flux,

changing the makeup of me.

When I cut myself now,

I still bleed Chopin,

scab Schubert,

scar Massenet.


Repeated passages,

memorized runs,

I could hum her music

by heart, in the dark;

and the notes and the paperback story I reread

mated and melded, blended and emulsified,

and under the piano,

Chopin and L’Engle made a child,

alloyed and hybridized,

a willing crossbreed,

and the child was me,

in the alto line of a

happy minor key.


piano underside


For the month of May, I will be posting something daily, namely some kind of respond to The Daily Post’s daily prompt or some other prompt, unless a poem or post visits me of its own accord, unbidden and welcomed.

8 thoughts on “Merry Old Month of May: 2-Music

  1. “…The child was me,

    in the alto line of a

    happy minor key.”

    What a beautiful way to describe yourself. How I wish I knew music the way you know music. I could actually DISCUSS these things my husband loves so much with more than, “Who’s this?” “That sounds nice.” Ugh!

    Did you hear his composition? I told him it was the happiest sounding song in a minor key I’d ever heard. 😉

    • The beauty, m’dear, is that music can be learned. Start by trying to isolate the line of a particular instrument or voice part. You’ll be amazed at what you can decipher.

      I totally *did* hear his piece! Interesting interplay among the lines! I hope he’ll keep “playing ball.” I know he’s threatening to let that be his first and last…

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