Enters one’s life as a full-sized grand piano —
18th-century European wood
— Wedged diagonal across the room

It has a huge lock shaped curiously
Like my head
But the key cannot be found, and

Sitting inside the case
Is another key to a second door
Leading to other parts of the house

With time the instrument begins to collect
Other things: journals, still in their wrappers,
Unopened, a string of pearls, unsent letters

I come and go,
on the black surface

Until under the naked globe at night
The furniture and I
Are giant shadows flung on a wall

That in joining become a weary beast
Head on her paws
In one silent, haunted corner


  1. So love the depth of this work. Well done my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. I appreciate your time and thoughts, as always.


  2. The pleasure is all mine Vera…as always.


      1. ♥️♥️


      2. Or maybe



  3. Deeply beautiful with great imagery.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend. Always appreciate your thoughts. How is the novel coming along?

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      1. I’m really enjoying it so far, and it’s going well but slower than I hoped. The characters are taking shape.
        The demands of life, including My Love being sick can be challenging.
        Thank you so much for asking!

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        1. You’re most welcome. Hope all goes well for you. And I’m sure it will.

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  4. Beautifully rendered, Vera, with a strong sense of place, history and identity.
    I love this.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Much love


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    1. Thank you, John. I feel so grateful for your always incisive and generous support and response. Your validation has once again given me tremendous confidence.

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  5. Good Lord, Vera!!! LOVE this. For so many reasons. ❤️❤️❤️😊

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    1. 🙂 we know each other on another dimension.

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      1. I think so! 🙂

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