Miracle of Music

Written for:  Sunday Muse #207

"Choose an image that speaks to you."

A man listening to a gramophone in what’s left of his bombed-out bedroom in Aleppo, Syria. Photography by Joseph Eid
My family has died off
slowly.  I do not know
if any friends have
survived this latest
destruction.  What miracle
left my gramophone standing
in this rock pile I must
now call home?  Lucky old
man that I am, I can still
hear the strains of
beautiful music, after
the bombing has stopped.


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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30 Responses to Miracle of Music

  1. jazzytower says:

    My goodness! That’s quite an image. This now feels like an everyday reality for many. Your poem suits it well, nicely done.



  2. ivor20 says:

    Profoundly poignant and emotionally moving … 🎵💕


  3. Sadje says:

    So moving Sara


  4. It is such a striking image – love the hopeful message in this.


  5. Carrie V. H. says:

    Your words convey feelings from the powerful image so well Sara! Always glad to see you at the Muse!


  6. Sherry Marr says:

    I love that, even after bombing, music remains.


  7. Rob Kistner says:

    Wonderful Sara. I had a similar insight to that powerful Joseph Eid photograph. Some soul among the sadness and sacrifice. Well written?


  8. Helen says:

    Sara, I pray there are men and women left after the end of Putin’s war … to sit, listen, reflect, give thanks for their lives. Powerful poetry.


  9. Jim says:

    O Sara, this is sooo appropriate for what is going on. Now “after the bombing has stopped” I do hope that this man is still around.


  10. Gillena Cox says:

    “What miracle
    left my gramophone standing
    in this rock pile I must
    now call home? Lucky old

    It is amazing that such gratefulness can survive such devastation
    A wonderful write

    Have a good Sunday



  11. VJ says:

    Moving piece.


  12. This is sad and well written, Sara… You really get the emotions across vividly!



  13. Susi Bocks says:

    Heart-breaking! This is gut-wrenching to endure, I’m sure but he is probably grateful to have found a bit of peace with his music again. Nice write, Sarah.


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