NaPoWriMo – 2021 – Day 3 – 1

Day 3

The 3 cards I drew gave the following 6 words – Stage, train, waves, orange, catch and basil

Chanson Nostalgique

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

15 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo – 2021 – Day 3 – 1

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  2. I love this poem! The combination of Italy, music and the sea appeals to my senses perfectly, which is why these romantic lines touched me deeply:
    ‘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’

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  3. the fingers over fingers curved around an orange, beautiful. I can feel the curve, the warm palm and rough rind, the smooth firm moving piano keys underneath, memories of piano lessons and of what any touch can feel like in that tentative stage of attraction…

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  4. Congrats on the feature.
    You have a lovely voice and you have weaved your ‘recital’ beautifully. The play with the senses is fantastic.

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