Songbirds Reprise

Saxon Crow

I hear your song as a memory 
In the notes that you no longer own
Though the words still carry a meaning 
Of which you secretly know
And though the lines round your eyes have grown deeper 
The shine in them will always remain 
And when you sing there's an echo of history
Of the young girl who's now gone away
And when you play the piano
Your fingers are all aches and pains
But you don't mind because you are used to it 
And refuse to be beaten again
For the tune is a simple melody
Of how youth was a gift long ago 
And your music becomes your own time machine
That takes you back to when you were young 
When I hear your singing and playing
I know you're not here with us now 
You're off somewhere in another world
Where your memories were being born
So play on you ancient traveller
Play to be young once again
Because the measure of time
Is yours to command 
And the rhythm of life is your friend




  • Author: Saxon Crow (Offline Offline)
  • Published: December 11th, 2022 03:46
  • Comment from author about the poem: I watched a TV program last night and Christine McVeigh, who was in her 70s. She was asked to sing Songbird but it was clear that age had caught up with her because that beautiful voice she had was not there anymore. It made me feel sad so I wrote this.
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  • Violet bluebell( used to be yellow rose)

    I can’t understand why it would make one feel sad . Who is Christine ? Not sure I’ve heard of her before .

    A good writing tho ))

    • Saxon Crow

      It's sad to see the performer who was once a beautiful singer, not be able to reach the singing ability she had in her youth.

      • Violet bluebell( used to be yellow rose)

        I meant to say ‘ I can ‘ understand. Yeah . It is sad

      • Eugene S.

        This one triggered strong emotions. Beautiful!

      • Fay Slimm.

        Filled with care and pathos at what is lost when age takes over - your tribute is very moving my friend.

      • Bella Shepard

        Such a beautiful tribute to a very talented musician, and beautiful Lady. I grew up with the music of Fleetwood Mac. We will all succumb to age, but the music will truly live forever, as those who made it. So lovingly written dear poet. So much a fav.

      • hotidris

        Excellent poem that's based on a TV show about an old woman who can't sing anymore.

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