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Piano in the Snow

It was December
Christmas Eve to be exact
Snowflakes littered the ground
Like cigarette butts on the
Sidewalks of New York City

All around the world
People were surrounded by family
Their hearts filled with hope
Awaiting the joys
Of tomorrow

The soldier walked slowly through the forest
He was not with his family
His heart was not filled with hope
And tomorrow only meant
More fighting and shooting

Trudging grimly
Through the
Leaf covered ground
It was silent

The only sound was the
Crunch
Crunch
Crunch
Of leaves beneath his feet
It was strange to hear silence
Amidst a raging war

Suddenly
Out of the corner of his eye
He spotted a piano
Abandoned in small clearing

It was relatively new
Only a little
Scuffed up
Out of place among
The dry plants
And remains of buildings

He stepped closer to it
Vaguely he remembered
Taking piano lessons as a boy
He brushed the smooth
Ivory keys with the tips of his fingers
Slowly he began to plunk out a song
Jingle bells
He hummed along softly
Happy for the distraction

With each note
The world around him melted away
Visions of gingerbread men
And white Christmas’s filled his head

At that moment
He was home
Surrounded by family
His heart filled with hope
Awaiting the joys
Of tomorrow



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Loveislife said...
Nov. 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm
I really enjoyed the poem, it felt like i was an observer watching, waiting for something to create anything, creating a poem,or storie out of a picture is fun and unique, i enjoyed your poem.
 
alexsandcastle replied...
Nov. 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm
Thank you so much!!! This poem was a lot of fun to write and I'm glad people are enjoying it! :D
 
Caleb S. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm
The title of this snagged me. I tip my hat to you. :) Otherwise, the imagery has an incredible feeling. The total difference of places,( surrounded by family, and in a cold forest) was astounding. If I had a tip to give, it would be to lenghten the feeling of the man. What he felt. Along with that, don't spell his feelings out, and don't drag it out.
Your very first?
I am stunned.
 
 
alexsandcastle replied...
Nov. 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm
Awww! This means so much to me! And I will definatley take that into consideration on my next poem! :D
 
Puzzle This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm
Glad to be of help. :)
 
Thatdaydreamer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm
I'm glad you decided to tell the pictures story because this is really beautiful:) lovely imagery!
 
alexsandcastle replied...
Nov. 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm
Thank you SOOO much! It really means a lot to hear such kind feedback on my first poem! :D
 
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