Music In Black And White

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – April Poems – Day 28
“Photographic Images Reimagined”  (posted by Margaret)

“These images are free to download and use. I linked the sites and you are also free to choose one for yourself if these don’t inspire you creatively.

I would like you to interpret your chosen image one of three ways:”

1) Use an ekphrastic writing approach by closely observing the photo. (vivid description)

2) Create a narrative beyond the frame and reimagine the photo (storytelling)

3) Interpret or impart an impression of sentiment or promise from the photo

Play for Me

Play for Me – Ian Dooley

Piano keys, black and white,
same as my life. Each night
I play music for them,
not for me. See, they do not
seem to mind beer-spilled
odor, wooden table carved
with names or obscenities.
Mostly neighborhood drunks.

Today is mine.
No work, no interruptions.
All week I long
for this day to play
my own compositions,
and continue to write
my own music. Despite
my job and this shabby
black and white apartment,
I have technocolor dreams.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to Music In Black And White

  1. It is always good to have technicolor dreams, especially when one is a musician.


  2. Jim says:

    I love it, Sara. And even if it DOES NOT match your wonderful sounding profile. It reminds me some of the Piano Man song, it is one of my 100 favorite songs.
    YouTube Billy Joel:


  3. sanaarizvi says:

    This is such a stunning poem, Sara! 😀 I especially loved; “Technicolor dreams,” .. I guess poets and artists have this quality inbred! ❤️


  4. annell4 says:

    Nicely done and topped off with “technicolor dreams,” no matter how black and white our lives, “technicolor dreams,” are free.


  5. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    Oh, I can see how you got this impression… yes, he seems in the creative mode in this image – Thank you for participating. Nice observations.


  6. Thank goodness for dreams… and for the solitude we choose.


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