The 3 cards I drew gave the following 6 words – Stage, train, waves, orange, catch and basil
Does the scent of basil take you back?
To Penne Pesto and that little Italian place
Outside our stage – La… “something?”
Of course, you always mispronounced it presto
The Piano teacher in you often forgot
Mumbai and you became Italian – Presto
Mezzo forte, Cantabile, Più mosso…
Does the sight of an orange take you back?
To Twinkle, twinkle little star variation
And John Thompson for beginners…
How you curved my palms over an orange
Under the canopy of your fingers
And taught me how to curve my fingers
Properly over a slightly out-of-tune Steinway…
Does the sound of waves take you back?
To the first time I surprised you with a kiss
As you played Chopin from Schumann’s Carnival
The sea and sea alone remembered that we forgot
Schumann, till you woke up to bring in the barriers –
Time, season, age, teacher, student, forgotten cities
delayed trains and a million other words
Does the catch in your tears remind you of my silence?
Someday soon I’ll re-learn words again –
Can I still catch the 8:30 train at 8:45?
© Feby Joseph