It Seems Like It Were Yesterday!

“Piano Hands –
and Fingers to Boot”

pianohandsA dedication of sorts in the form of a *Villanelle I composed in July – 33 years ago!

It seems like it were yesterday!
‘Twas at the tender age of three,
That Baba just began to play:

Play the piano, that’s to say,
And plenty more than do, re, mi;
It seems like it were yesterday!

Mozart was her first essay:
‘Twas ere she learnt her ABC,
That Baba just began to play.

Soon she found another way
For her creativity;
It seems like it were yesterday!

The tiny hands would stretch and stray,
And write full scores in every key
That Baba just began to play.

Now ten years later the Concerto in A
Is what she interprets beautifully:
It seems like it were yesterday,
That Baba just began to play.

*The highly structured villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The form is made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem’s two concluding lines.

An excellent example of the form is the vilanelle by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas: “Do not go gentle into that good night.”
Written on the occasion of Baba’s first performance of a piano concerto by Mozart
with an orchestra when she was 14-and-a-half years old.

PS: ‘Baba ‘ is a term of endearment used in Urdu and/or Hindi.
[It also, means ‘father’ – also ‘child’! It all depends on the context it’s used in.
Here it epitomizes the youngest of my three beautiful and talented daughters.]

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