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The Music Man

With chairs lining all four walls

Sounds of snores fill up the void

They sat and sat and sat

For lack of any caring

Life goes on even after

The joy of living has long departed

Say the young and restless

For lack of any caring

Into the hall with all the chairs

Enters one man only

He glances ‘round the room

Not lacking any caring

His instrument unfolds itself

From the satchel on his back

Preparing to engage with them

Not lacking any caring

At first the notes are mellow

To stir the people deep in sleep

Gently slowly gingerly

They awaken to the beat

One by one they start to smile

Singing softly to a song they all recall

‘La Vie en Rose’ plays on and on

They awaken to the beat

He held out his hand to her

Watching closely if she’d blush

And sure enough those eyes of hers

Looked into his with love

And dance they did in elegance

Remembering the steps

Of a waltz they’d moved to long ago

He looked to her eyes with love

Soon they all were on their feet

Swaying to the rhythm

Knowing life had changed somewhat

Had no effect today

Forgotten shadows of themselves

Graced the wooden floor

Aging, painful, lonely boredom

Had no effect today

woman alone dance Water Colour www.lesleyfletcher.com


Free Write Friday hosted by Kellie Elmore (thanks Kellie)

It truly does present a challenge because of the instructions to free write and not edit, not even a spelling or punctuation error. It’s a great way to find your own way and test the courage in your soul. This week’s prompt was a lyric from John Mellencamp “Oh yea, they say ‘life goes on’ long after the thrill of living is gone.” – Kellie asked what it meant to me. To me it meant there are many people in this world who should not be written off just because they can no longer live the life of their choice. Their memories of days gone by should be honoured in spite of the inability to express them in order sometimes :). For those who have been lucky to witness the response that Alzheimer patients have to music – you will know what I mean!