The Song

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Now she becomes his song,
her grief held close
in her head, in her hands, deep
in a thought that blurs the colors of the room
who collide and flee, guests
of her inconvenient madness—
the ground transposed
in the tragedy of silence
he now pours into the air!

At the great piano
how small he is;
barely remembered or compared
to that which now she hears,
which she once heard.
She may have loved him once,
but now this song is all she knows.

What generous power we have
to make pictures of our despair—
more talent, love, than to forgive,
touch, or restore!
And yet
to leave this world unpainted
is a sentence
more than we can bear.

How like the loss of inspiration
this cold view sounds
its secret reds and blues on a pale ground
so like the loss of faith;
which, in itself,
in small,
must be the loss

of a great line
heard once,
sounded and then forgotten,
in most of life's
a somber alphabet I scale now
colored by passions I simply practice.

Which teaches me
to long for
is to remember;
a note that
captures me now,
alone; begins and ends—
banged shut
like the dark piano in this room;
makes me now
like her, my head in my hands.

Sally David


from 0​.​5, track released November 19, 2014


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