The Piano

Photography by Romain Thiery 
(Abandoned in an old forgotten villa in France)

Melodies no longer escape from ivory and ebony keys 
drifting out an open window on a summer breeze 
what once was alive in the garden now dying and grey, 
for when the music stopped life withered away

Now there’s only traces of happier spring days
an intrepid red rose blooming, a trumpet vine untamed

From time to time, haunting random notes are heard 
wafting through the grounds with a hesitant stammer 
as field mice gnaw away at dampened wool felt 
clinging to each decaying wooden hammer

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Written for The Sunday Muse #150

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years and their latest rescue, Jackson “Jax” Lyberg. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

28 Comments on “The Piano

  1. Music does make our hearts thrive. Even in the sadness of the lines this is absolutely beautiful Linda! It is a delight to see you at the Muse today! Love the Midnight Tide song as well.

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  2. The Haunting Piano music is a perfect accompaniment for your beautiful haunting poem. An exquisite pairing!

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  3. kaykuala

    The last stanza is the classic ending to cleverly close the case, Linda! Your words are set beautifully to the expected rendition of songs from the piano of old.


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  4. It’s a place that has seen much better days. You’ve captured the haunting quality of the place and picked a great video and music to go with your poem.

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