song of parting

these hands have changed
without the counterpoint
of your palms
these fingers no longer move
with surety on the keys
and the song –
the song is sorrow –
strains for unsung moons
whose orbits never
touched a tide
the notes have slowed
but the refrain is the same
an unheard hymn
time a descant
and distance the low beat
of a life’s bereavement
play it softly
play it slow

© Sarah Whiteley

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5 thoughts on “song of parting

  1. “strains for unsung moons
    whose orbits never
    touched a tide”

    That is just great!

    “distance the low beat
    of a life’s bereavement”

    Well, I’m stopping now. No need to put your entire poem in quotes! 🙂

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