Minor keys and memories

I heard the keys
in the soft notes that undo me
at the lock of my soul
it’s music
that waltzes with ghosts
and squeezes my throat
in a mahogany room

In key changes
I slip from the present
to something so comfortable
in harmonies
my heart is untied
by the subtleties
of silken strings

With sad eyes
the violin opens my heart
with it’s bow
and it’s like yesterday’s sigh
or a kiss in the rain
as the memories in masks dance
and pull me into the room
with the closed door

This song, which never fails to touch my heart:

Max Richter, “Written on the sky”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yShmGUlylzA&feature=share

And, for another that never fails to touch my heart and inspire:
‘the keeper of keys
the giver of destinies’

Photograph: Kazia Derwinska ‘Music was my refuge’ Link here

107 thoughts on “Minor keys and memories

  1. This poem… is so hypnotic, steeped in a paradox of mood. It trembles with haunting chords and antique keys. Love letters mixed with eulogies. Tucked inside a mahogany music box. Infatuating… like the woman who penned the words. 🖤🗝🎠

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    1. April, my inspiration giver, keeper of keys and giver of destinies… You know, I would love to see your version of this…
      “haunting chords and antique keys. Love letters mixed with eulogies. Tucked inside a mahogany music box.”

      I mean… seriously, that should be in this poem. You captured it perfectly. 🎀🖤

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  2. What a beautiful melody, thank you for sharing it. Kind of a redundant question but was it this specific melody that inspired your poem? I love wordplay and words that have been placed together by someone to produce an almost ethereal effect, like “keeper of keys and giver of destinies.” Reading those word instantly places me somewhere else, where all the beautiful things are not only possible, but exist specifically for you. Words truly unlock the door to other realms. Anyway, thank you for gracing us, once again, with the gift of your mesmerizing poetry.

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    1. It was one of the songs that inspired this poem, the other being: https://youtu.be/hN_q-_nGv4U. Although, I was thinking in general of how music has that ability to completely transport us to another time, another place, another memory. “Words truly unlock the door to other realms” – absolutely, I could not agree more. The keeper of keys and giver of destinies lines were April’s. She who loves vintage keys… and who has a propensity to divine the destinies of others.

      Thank you Larisa, your comments are always truly heartfelt and wonderful, and it is they that feel like precious gifts.

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  3. “With sad eyes
    the violin opens my heart
    with it’s bow”

    The melody is beautifully well expressed and emotionally moving. 🙂

    Gosh! I miss reading your work. I love and metaphor in this incredible poetic write. 🙂

    My apologies for not being around much or posting. I will be posting a new poem first thing
    on (Monday March 2nd). How have you been my friend? Hope all is well.

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    1. Charlie!! I have thought of you often and hoped you are ok, I’ve missed you, I truly have.
      I have been ok…. you know, in the broad sense of that word. I don’t even know how to sum myself up.

      I look forward to reading your work next week, and it is wonderful to hear from you. I would love to know how you’re doing. Thank you so much for your kind words about this poem.

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      1. Awww….I’ve missed you too my friend. 🙂

        Good to know that your doing well.
        And your welcome. I really did love your new poem, as always I miss reading your work and I’ll be reading more soon.

        I’m doing well. Listening and discovering new music everyday. And of course reading books, blogs, and writing.

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  4. oh, my dearest Rachel… sing to me… under the moon… waltz …

    I slip from the present
    to something so comfortable
    in harmonies
    my heart is untied
    by the subtleties
    of silken strings

    I cannot even express how beautiful this poem is. It leaves me breathless. I do not know what else to say. Oh, I know. I am so in love with every word. I bow in from of your poem.
    Ask me for everything you want, Rachel.
    xoxoxo
    G

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    1. Gabriela, your praise makes me feel like I’ve done something right. If you think it’s beautiful, then I am smiling and I am happy. What more could I ask for??

      Well, seen as you asked, right now I would also ask for dark, deep, and dreamless sleep, and I would hope that my beautiful friend is asleep too. I might ask also for just one chocolate before bed, with a cup of tea.

      Hugs and love Gabriela 🍫♥️ xoxo

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      1. I had to come to your site to see if you replied. No notification. Why is WP doing that to me? I could have sent you plenty of chocolates and make you a fragrant white tea. I am so sorry I wasn’t there for you my dearest Rachel.
        I am sending you plenty of love. I hope it helps sweetheart.
        xoxoxo

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  5. Music can move the soul … so can certain loves …. and to me, this poem is a love note from a moving soul to the one who moves it. Not only a poem, but to the metaphors of music … beautiful and brilliantly done, Rachel!

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  6. Rachel, this wonderful piece completely undid me.
    It was as if you were taking us from room to room in a haunted house,
    or was it the haunted chambers of your heart.
    It was truly beautiful.
    It resonated in my heart (and didn’t cause an attack). lol
    I want you to know you have become one of my favorite poets.
    Someone I don’t want to miss.
    xo

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    1. Drew…. ok, you have left me a little speechless here. One, because this poem is most certainly written from a haunted room, a haunted chamber of my heart. Did you climb inside my mind? Thank you for following that journey

      Secondly, well. There is really no greater compliment you could give to me. I mean that. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart xo

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  7. Wonderful.oh you are most sweet poetess.most beautiful metaphores in your poem,specially the last stanza is most impressive .i feel that i am seeing a movie,my dear!!🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Fiery…. finding you here, I want.

      Yes, I’ve been hoping to find you for ages, and I’ve worried and thought about you a lot. I’ve missed your friendship too. I hope you are ok, and I’m sending you the biggest and softest hug xoxox

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  8. This state, a place where you plummet in and out of feelings, of moods, and you’re always unsure of how much time you have. So, you revel in each place, treat it like a bed-room, but it always feels like another’s house. That’s just what it reads as to me.

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      1. Hello old friend—has a nice ring to it—makes me smile. I am well, back from the deep. Happy to read you again. Happy to see the words flowing from you like music. Always so pretty—a sweet and gentle ahhhh. 🦋💓🤗

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  9. First off, I’m entranced by how much this poem takes on a different meaning, the second time I read it. Then, I’m completely confused by the fact when I look through comments to find whatever I said last time, that I have not commented on it before. I.e. this brings me first a feeling of déjà vu, and then twilight zone… have I never read it? And/or how did I miss it till now?

    Anyway, dear friend, all my mind-blips aside, once again it’s like you’re writing parts of my own heart, and probably those of a few others reading here, but completely in your own breathtaking voice, with its own sets of details and/or impressions.

    You have a way of weaving melancholy with persisting love, that is so very magical. Thanks undoing the lock of your soul, and sharing it with us. 💛

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    1. Nadine. You are such a special friend to me. You read poems with such a brilliant combination of mind and heart, and see the very core of them. I am ever grateful to you, and this “a way of weaving melancholy with persisting love”. What a beautiful thing to say. Thank you, so much.
      💜♥️🌏💫

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  10. Really, really loved this piece, Rachel!!! There is something powerful and magical about music and the connection it has to our souls and you captured it so beautifully in words, My Dear!!! Bellissimo, Rachel!!!
    xo
    Chuck

    Perhaps, you may have an interest in a piece I did about life and music:
    A tribute to my cousin who was a keyboard player in bands and clubs
    An Improvised Life
    https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/an-improvised-life/

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    1. Thank you so much Chuck, I completely agree, music has a force of its own that can touch us irrevocably, connect us to moments, memories, people, places. I’m so happy you liked it.

      And, you were correct, I loved your musical piece too. It’s wonderful (I left a comment on your site).
      xo

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      1. Happy you loved the poem!! Thanks! Rachel, I cannot keep silent when I read something that moves me!! Your praise, My Dear, is earned by your words, message, feelings and emotions that you lovingly convey to the eyes and heart of your readers – including me!! Rachel, You need not worry about thanking me, although it is appreciated, I’m addicted to your words and your work!! Oh, wait a minute, wait a minute!! I do know something – more recitations so I can close my eyes and listen to your voice bringing life to your words!! But only if you want to do it!! No pressure, no worries – honest! Would never want you to feel – Pushed! I know the meaning of reluctance better than most, hence my moniker, but hopefully the more you do the less it will be an issue for you!!

        The thing that means the most to me is that we are friends and enjoy/love each others work – and that from time to time you stump me with questions about what music goes with my words!! That was brilliant – don’t think I can’t and won’t turn that around on you, My Dear!! Ha!
        Chuck
        xoxo
        😘💕🌹

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  11. I heard a sad note in the keys and I saw the unshed tears in the sad eyes. This poem verges from tremulous emotions to musical hypnosis! I know from where it comes, so it is doubly precious, dear Rachel. You always strike the right chord. ❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you Miriam! I used to play the piano, but can’t anymore so it’s something that seems a recurring theme in my poetry. What do you play? I love reading your posts by the way, I feel taken by the hand and transported through them by your words and photographs.

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      1. I play the guitar and I sing. I actually recorded some songs written by another blogger for my blog, just for fun. 😊 Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Maybe you could start playing again someday!

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  12. Oh, Rachel this wonderful and the finale stunning. Absolutely gorgeous. You I like to do these little music poems. Being a romantic, I feel such a connection with music. And your piece does this music/poetry genre such lyrical justice. From your opening line “I hear the keys” you set the tone.
    Wonderful piece of writing.
    I will catch up with some of the other stuff I have missed, don’t wasnt you to feel like I am stalking you.

    Be well.
    Be safe.
    More importantly, be happy.

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    1. I thought I heard you outside my window, but then I remembered the world is in lockdown and that it was just my cat 😂. Honoured you have taken the time to catch up on my poetry, and I mean that sincerely. And thank you for your beautiful words about this poem. I’m going to repeat your words to you, because they’re perfect:

      “Be well.
Be safe.
More importantly, be happy.”

      How are you today?

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      1. That’s impressive!! And, sneak preview of the title! Lucky me. I certainly have never had a streak like that. Although I did write the bones of one about 3am this morning. It’s now at that phase of post ‘as is’, or play around with it and probably never post it. We’ll see.

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      2. Not anymore, I used to. But then I got busier since the start of this year and wasn’t writing as much. Plus, haven’t been feeling as inspired I guess. I’ll probably post something in next few days.

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      3. Fingers crossed. Honestly, you’re too kind, thank you. I really appreciate your encouragement, often I feel like giving up, and like you, struggle to believe what I write is worth posting.

        I hope you have a great evening Drew.

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  13. Really like “Written on the Sky”. Thanks for sharing that!! Here is one that I really love. It really moves me, especially when I close my eyes and listen. I hope you will try that??? It give me a romantic and religious feeling!!

    Chuck
    xoxo
    😘🌹🌹😁

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      1. Ahhh, I’m so very pleased you liked it, Rachel!!! I just love it. I can close my eyes and envision it being played in a church with stained glass windows!! Happy to share and thank you for sharing with me!!
        Chuck
        xoxo 😘💕🌹

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