Calando–Writer’s 4th Wednesday

I’ve chosen a previously published poem from 2012 in response to my prompt for Writer’s 4th Wednesday over at The Bardo Group. Music lends itself to allegory.

Image: Wikipedia

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Life lived in a minor key
(not empty)
waiting for the final chord.

You walked alone
and yet the song you sang
(gentle, haunting)

Dolce, my sweet friend
dolente, largo,
until alone, as you lived,



Using musical notation, this brief poem is about a loved one who suffered from agoraphobia. She died a few years back  from cancer. Many have commented on her life as wasted. I chose to believe she had her own symphony to compose, and it was full of a gentle, generous beauty.

Calando-dying away

Agoraphobia is literally translated as fear of crowds. It is a type of social anxiety disorder.

Calando–published in my poetry collection, Jacaranda Rain.


6 thoughts on “Calando–Writer’s 4th Wednesday

  1. brian miller says:

    really cool how you used the music terms there in that last stanza….for uch few words it is quite the evocative piece as well….


  2. Bodhirose says:

    Oh, I really feel for that dear person, Victoria. Your tribute was so sweet and delicate in her memory.


  3. claudia says:

    love how you use music language to describe her… and i too think that we all have our own melodies and each of them is beautiful and unique


  4. Jamie Dedes says:

    Bravo! Sweetly refined and sensitive, Victoria.


  5. Calando is so appropriate: I used it in a poem I wrote about cellist Jacqueline du Pré


  6. rmp says:

    this is lovely. we all have our own songs…sometimes they overlap and intersect with others…sometimes they are meant to be held close and enjoyed at a distance, a whisper on the wind.


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