by Poet on the Piano   Dec 19, 2020

I play "Gymnopédie No. 1" to a home
busy with ghosts and painted apathy.
They prepare eulogies and
whisper their sorrows
into my mouth.
I let them spoonfeed me,
green-and-white pills
my serenity,
my peace.

The bottles can't
stay hidden for long.
He finds the dregs,
and though I pray
for him to scold me,
he sits with a newspaper
and sighs into the dead air.

Soon, there is nothing
but asbestos in the walls
and dust on the keys.
I can't hear the music

Then, she enters
and I feel purpose again.

The ghosts packed their bags
a long time ago,
so I travel with her
to the grandest cities.
Though I can't understand
the pieces
nor the fierce fire within
her irises,
I am content.

Despite the obsessions,
I believe the ghosts have
moved miles away.

I let dreams serenade me.

She'll be okay.
She has to be okay.

Inspired by "The Queen's Gambit". I cannot recommend this show enough.


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  • 2 months ago

    by Mr. Darcy

    I totally binged this series. Mainly for the content, but also the female lead. Quite beautiful.

    Your poem is a lovely tribute to the show.

  • 2 months ago

    by Brenda

    Mary Anne, nominated! I love this! I need to check this show out.

  • 2 months ago

    by Star

    This is amazinggg, and the show is so good!!!!

    • 2 months ago

      by Poet on the Piano

      Thank you! And yes, it is! I am someone who can not wrap their mind around chess or understand it to save my life, yet I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging the show was, and I got emotional a few times too. Plus I watched it in 2 days ^_^

    • 2 months ago

      by Star

      That’s because the plot is veryyy well written!!!! Also it’s something new, who would’ve known that a chess show would be this viral. Her character is very interesting, from the time she was young. I took a little more time than you did lol, I watched it in 3 days :p

      Also sorry if I’m spamming you!!

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