Play for Me

Backlit by counterpoints
of sunlight,
your face a harmony
of shadows,
fingers merge with black
and white,
release major chords of red
and yellow,
and mournful minors, grey
and blue.
They shift between darkness
of minus
and lightness of plus, shades
of you 
and me, until a sunbeam, dotted
with motes
of a melody, breaks through.

Kim M. Russell, 28th April 2019

grayscale photography man playing piano
Play for Me – Ian Dooley

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Poems in April Day 28: Photographic Images Reimagined, also linked to Poets United Poetry Pantry

Margaret presents us with a range of images that are free to download and use. She has also linked the sites, so we are free to choose for ourselves.

She offers us three options: to use an ekphrastic approach by closely observing the photo and writing vivid description; to create a narrative beyond the frame and reimagine the photo in a story; or interpret or impart an impression of sentiment or promise from the photo.

36 thoughts on “Play for Me

  1. This is absolutely exquisite writing, Kim! ❤️ I love; “They shift between darkness of minus and lightness of plus, shades of you and me, until a sunbeam, dotted with motes of a melody, breaks through.” 😀

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  2. “mournful minors”… LOVE that and the shades of you and me… motes of melody !! The whole poem speaks to the power of music – how it holds dear those times of joy and sadness – especially the ivory keys – I could listen to piano music all day.

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