No Permanent Home

Written for:  Sunday Muse #150  (posted by Carrie)
Photography by Romain Thiery
(Abandoned in an old forgotten villa in France)

Hurried, being chased
from their home.  The family
gathers their most precious
possessions–ones they are
able to carry.  Cannot afford
to tarry here where danger
lurks.  Only the father,
musician and teacher, takes
the time to smash his beloved
piano, tears coursing down
his cheeks, so that no enemy
hands will ever be able
to play.

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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33 Responses to No Permanent Home

  1. Carrie V. H. says:

    Wow this is heart stirring Sara. That ending packs a punch too. Beautiful, deeply sad, and one of your finest!


  2. Crazy ending. So that no enemy hands will have to pay. He’s jealous of his piano. I love.


  3. Jim says:

    O Sara, you wrote of one of my back brain concerns. Old folk wouldn’t be up to a hasty exit.
    That made me smile, an enjoyable read. It could happen here.


  4. Zelda Rene says:

    Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow….I love this.


  5. Gillena Cox says:

    That’s a tear jerker Sara.
    Happy Sunday



  6. wyndolynne says:

    Those lines echo that haste and are, as others have noted, heart wrenching.


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  8. Beverly Crawford says:

    And today there are those who say the holocaust never happened! Such memories as this live on for so many holocaust survivors and their descendants!


  9. Alexander De says:

    Nice take on this! Love the attitude of it.


  10. msjadeli says:

    Sara, so heartbreaking.


  11. qbit says:

    “Only the father,
    musician and teacher, takes
    the time to smash his beloved
    piano” – Oh my!


  12. Helen Dehner says:

    I am fascinated by the direction you took with the photography … inspired!!!


  13. Truedessa says:

    I wondered if war was the reason for the abandonment. So many left quickly to find a place of safety. The image of destroying something so loved is heartbreaking.


  14. Susie Clevenger says:

    Heartbreaking, yet I know it happened too many times. Sometimes treasure must be kept away from those who wouldn’t appreciate it.


  15. -Eugenia says:

    Hi, Sara. Thank you so much for the follow and I am following you too. 😊

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