Pure as Silver

pas kathi ganongwhen midnight streets
grew silent
there came a faint
and trembling note

the faintest note
through the alleyways
a lonely note

that turned towards
an open window
sensing peace
a resting place

it slid in gently
stroked my hair
and kissed
my baby’s cheek

then drifted to the stairs
murmuring trembling
in its tip-toe search

lightly chiming kitchen pans
caressing books
and fluttering
the fur of sleeping cats

before it sighed
into the drawing room
melting sobbing
pasjonshaking with relief

it crossed the room
fingering piano keys
until it found its place
and rested there

then came a single note
as pure as silver
on the midnight air

By Debbie Stevens
This poem received a Sponsor’s Award in the Poems Please Me Prize 2014

Illustrated by Kathi Ganong (top) and Jon Munson (lower)