Mary’s Music

I learned recently that 86 year old Mary from my creative writing class was an accomplished pianist. None of us in class knew she even played the piano. Mary has been deaf for 10 years and had stopped playing. It is not easy communicating with Mary in a class situation when she can’t hear. She read a memoir piece in class that blew us away with her honesty and courage. She does not often share her feelings I had to write something!

Her piano was orphaned
when her ears went silent
Fingers that danced the keys
had only memories
as did she, afraid to reach
too deep and weep
for what was lost

The music that once shined
for all to hear
was only in her mind
Until a daughter’s loving kindness
helped her find the courage
to play again
though ears were blind

And so it was
they all stood up and cheered
She could see it in their faces
and feel it in her heart
The music silent to her ears
once again was real
Bravo Miss Mary, Bravo!

Jean E. Taddonio

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Bridge Repair…for all of us with broken bridges

Lord, I thought I’d built your bridge
but now it’s torn apart
perhaps it was my own

I ache with ‘whys?’ and sorrows
only you can know
the fragile pieces

my failures at forgiveness
the uniqueness of each soul
the unclaimed grace of generations

I claim it now

Wrap me with your pardon
Bind my wounds beneath your cross
Span my empty valley

with your never failing love
Rebuild me as your bridge
while I’m learning to forgive

Jean E. Taddonio

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Reminder(#2)

Reminder ( #2)

Roses release their leaves
shortly after winter’s pruning
finding light to bud and bloom
through spring without effort
unlike many of us who struggle
through our thorns
to grow without fading into fall
forgetting
the uniqueness of our seasons
and the hope we can share
even when our thorns
are unadorned
past winter’s passage

Jean E. Taddonio

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Reminder

Reminder

The rose bushes
released their leaves
shortly after winter’s pruning
becoming more lush
through the spring
vibrant with color
and holding their blossoms
into summer while
fading in the fall
How is it I forget
the uniqueness of each season
the uniqueness of each person
the hope that never fades
even when the thorns
are unadorned in winters passage
and I forget to pray or recognize
that some souls whose blooms
are less visible
amongst their thorns
may remain in darkness
until another
helps them find their light

Jean E. Taddonio

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The Weight of Rocks

The Weight of Rocks

She pulls them from the dirt
sees herself
both rugged and smooth
gritty and unpolished

wonders at beginnings
theirs and hers

beauty’s subtle hues
pinks, grays and blues
tumbled to brokenness
long hidden in earth

she caresses their edges
connects their shapes

the weight of them
reminds her she feels
she feels real again
both rugged and smooth

Jean E. Taddonio

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Burnt Forst

Charred black trees
frozen into statues
patched with sun-polished silver

un-bending limbs
broken by wind
stunning skeletons

against canvas blue sky
wounded warriors
reaching for second chances

rising from ashen earth
springtime sprouts green
beauty from the flaming beast

Jean E. Taddonio

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Remnants of the Rain

p1140069Remnants of the Rain
fill softened clouds
cool shadows glide
like fairy tale drawings

puddles hug the earth
a bit longer, lest we forget
their joyful reflections

before the sun warms us
sharpens our shadows
those shadows that teach us

wholeness, humility, humanity
both light and dark
beauty in the scheme of things

remnants of the rain

Jean E. Taddonio

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