Pianoforte  by Selkie

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The music of pain
beats into me
like a piano
played by a drunk
in a bar
banging discordantly
up and down
the ivory keys
of my spine
an hour past closing-time


woman, me, sepia, pain, selfportrait, cane, corset, backbrace


  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Colleen.

    – Selkie

  • Lynsye Medalia
    Lynsye Medaliaabout 5 years ago

    One of the most beautiful ways I’ve heard pain described!

  • Thank you Lynsye, what a wonderful thing to say :)

    – Selkie

  • RebeccaT
    RebeccaTabout 5 years ago

    very powerful and engaging…beautiful as well.

  • Thank you very much, Rebecca!

    – Selkie

  • Kaz Rhoads
    Kaz Rhoadsabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you KNG!

    – Selkie

  • hotbeetees
    hotbeeteesabout 5 years ago

    The poem has the quality of a haiku – masterful imagery, every word carrying its weight. A lovely pictorial image, also, perfectly harmonising with the poem. Plaintive, resigned, transcendent – out of the unlikely soil of pain, beauty grows.

  • Yeah, i don’t have the presence of mind to sound out a real haiku today, but this is how it came out…thank you so very much for that, it made me smile.

    – Selkie

  • kimangeline
    kimangelineabout 5 years ago

    you are so beautiful…and the way you are working through your pain this way…in your images and writing…just wow girl

  • Thank you Kim! You’ve been really stepping out with the writing lately too.

    – Selkie

  • RebeccaWeston
    RebeccaWestonabout 5 years ago

    The image and your words are so sad and very powerful XX

  • Thank you sweet Becca :)

    – Selkie

  • aleci
    aleciabout 5 years ago

    wonderful zoe!!

  • Thank you Aleci!

    – Selkie

  • robarmstrong
    robarmstrongabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic image! Luv it!

  • Thanks Robert :)

    – Selkie

  • Dragonhide
    Dragonhideabout 5 years ago

    holy shit, that poem’s art.

    So is the image, of course.

    You rule.

  • Thanks, DB :) xo

    – Selkie

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