A Tearful Kiss of the Hands


She gracefully glided to the ebony grand, stretched each of her slender fingers

In a La Jolla retirement hotel rotunda before an aged piano donor with cane,

Filled with confidence, joy, and peace. Silence greeted her classical music recital.

Striking of the keys invigorated all with her passionate Bach invention.

Player and piano combined musical motion. The audience swayed with elation.

Young artist enthralled seniors’ senses. Melodies burst forth flowing freely.

Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Bach and Chopin flooded the air with rapture.

At twenty two she undulated with lyrical rhythm, limber digits  liberated harmony.

Like fairies or graceful hummingbirds. Black dress shimmered long piano.

Elderly hands clapped syncopated joy. The donor arose with eyes ablaze,

Enthusiastic for a brief enchantment, held her hands and gave them a kiss.

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2 thoughts on “A Tearful Kiss of the Hands

  1. Barefooted and a bored cat
    . . . or is it dead?.

    Proud Poppa or Grand-poppa.
    It ain’t the same. Maybe its the years and our sharp corners and seams have been worn away from scraping across others’ sharp corners and seams.

    I no longer look for perfection in my Grand children. How the hell are we supposed to know, of late, what is and what isn’t? Praise them for trying-and-doing. Leave criticism for their parents and teachers for now, and, if it goes that far, the critics later.

    It’ll grow

    • Proud Dad always looking for the positive with daughter who never ceases to amaze. We are so very lucky. The gift that keeps giving when given a chance to grow in her own direction. Dead cats are buried in the lower backyard with statues fruit trees, garden, and roses. We love our animals and remember them.

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