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.


  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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