The Gift That Won a Smile

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Quadrille #170
"Music is My Refuge"  (posted by Linda Lee Lyberg)

"Welcome to Quadrille Monday here at dVerse. This week I’d like you to take any meaning, form or compound of the word music, and write a poem of exactly 44 words (not counting your title), including the prompt word."

               “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space 
                between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” 

                                                 ~ Maya Angelou ~

After watching the film,
Dr. Zhivago, my mother
was haunted by the theme 
song, humming it like
a mantra.  I no longer
recall who gifted her
with an ivory colored
music box which when opened
played Lara’s Theme.
It was always her favorite

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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17 Responses to The Gift That Won a Smile

  1. msjadeli says:

    Sara, the music in that movie was magical and so was the film to me. Saw it as a teenager at the theater. I can see why your mom hummed it like a mantra. I bet she was so pleased with the music box.


  2. Paula Light says:

    I have this music box! I mean, there were probably many versions. I don’t remember how I came to have it, but I love it and I love the movie! ❤️


  3. Jim says:

    One earworm exchange for another?
    My daughter was also addicted to Dr. Zhivago as she watched it quite a few times. But no more, they sold or gave away all their TVs. Have you read Mark Twain’s poem, “Punch Brother, Punch? It runs a similar reign.


  4. Lovely memories, Sara…. ❤



  5. What a lovely memory!


  6. Rob Kistner says:

    Truly a beautiful beautiful song Sara so I understand why your mother would love to hum and sing it.


  7. Bill says:

    Loved the movie, but I loved the music more. I may still have the LP around here somewhere.


  8. Lovely website and intro Sara! And Lara’s Song is set to be my ear-worm of the day…

    The only musical box my mum had was a Delft windmill. You could wind it up and the sails went round (erratically) and it played “You belong to my heart”.


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