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The Music Box
by Karen Palumbo
Thursday, March 11, 2010
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              The Music Box


Tarnished, dented, colors long gone,
one small music box on a shelf sits.
Abandoned, alone, all covered with dust,
guarding its place with other forgotten misfits.

Lift the lid, hear the sweet music inside,
sounds not heard for over two hundred years.
Slow, yet steady, a subtle minuet does play,
triggering memories, down the face flow tears.

Each note a golden memory holds,
with the sounds of angels fluttering above.
An heirloom treasured, handed down over time,
from mother to daughter with everlasting love.

This dainty minuet plays over and over,
secretly expressing the mysteries of times past.
How many hands cradled this gift so revered,
haunting, melodic, tune heard at last.

Standing here now in this library of wealth,
the collection of past tales all come to life.
Struggles of those who came before,
Loyalists and Patriots succumbed to strife.

This little music box with its dainty minuet,
an everlasting tribute survived it all.
Always cradled between two loving hands,
always waiting for the next to hear the call.

Stories of old when lovers secretly rendezvous,
behind the Gazebo, hidden by bushes and trees.
Buckled black shoes with cape and top hat,
heavy long gowns freely flowing in the breeze.

Coach and coachmen await down a muddied path,
with lanterns well lit to see them on their way.
A gift was shared that one moonlit night,
a colorful music box, dainty minuet to play.

Tarnished, dented, colors long gone,
one small music box on a shelf sits.
Abandoned, alone, all covered with dust,
guarding its place with other forgotten misfits.




Written by:
Karen Palumbo
Photography by:
Robert Palumbo
3/11/2010 © All rights reserved







Karen Palumbo
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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/7/2010
poignant read
Reviewed by Cryssa C 4/29/2010
We all make beautiful just takes someone to open the box and wind the key.

Reviewed by Michael Jones 4/20/2010
I went back to my childhood, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Barret Browning, Edgar Allen Poe, Johnny Ace, thanks for the wonderful memories Karen and the poem. Peace!!!
Reviewed by Tony Jenkins 3/30/2010
Misfits and beautiful music, quite often go together.

Reviewed by Paul Judges 3/30/2010
Superbly written, Karen
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 3/27/2010
a clicking time ticking piece of poetry Karen, I would say the music box isn't the misfit, but the one judging, cheers to ur fears
Reviewed by Holly Ibbitson (Reader) 3/26/2010
A fantastic poem Karen. xox
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 3/24/2010
You never disappoint Karen. Your words always tickle my senses
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 3/23/2010
I love it!!! It's great to pass things down from generation to generation. I can hear the music of old...x
Reviewed by JMS Bell 3/23/2010
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 3/21/2010
Amazing. Beautiful. Liz
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 3/15/2010
You amaze me Karen.
This is beautiful. Full of descriptions.
You leave nothing out

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 3/15/2010
One of my favorites from you, Karen. This is hauntingly beautiful. Bravo:)
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 3/14/2010
Exquisite!...This reminds me of the opening scene from 'The Phantom of the Opera..

Hugs, Diana..
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 3/13/2010
Such a strong sense of bygone days and history, intertwined with memories and a cherished treasure, the music box. I believe I can hear the minuet! This is quite lovely, Karen. A pleasure, as always. ~Hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Susan Smith 3/12/2010
I can envision of mine-seriers developing from such a music box.
Reviewed by Sheri Uy 3/12/2010
The heart is large enough to hold secret memories, for as long as it continues to beat. Like the music box, it will forever play for as long as loving hands hold it within. Beautiful and deeply meaningful, Karen. Peace and love in Christ.

Best regards,
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/12/2010
This is fantastic writing at it's best Karen, you bring the reader into the scene and make him feel like he/she is actually holding this treasure in their own hands... and history and romance unravels in mind and heart. Lovely write for sure.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/12/2010
Tarnished, dented, colors long gone,
one small music box on a shelf sits.
Abandoned, alone, all covered with dust,
guarding its place with other forgotten misfits.

It is often amazing how certain objects can be so symbolically meaningful; how a sound or a scent can evoke a myriad thoughts, memories, and feelings. Thank you, Karen. Love and best wishes,


Reviewed by Roger Ochs 3/12/2010
You bring so much imagining and such wondrous imaging. You take an artifact and breathe art into it. If I went on my praises would be longer than your poem. Huzzah!
Reviewed by Angela Ciero 3/12/2010
So touching! I love the way you presented this music box. Such a lovely write!
God Bless!
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 3/12/2010
A wonderful write. You've captured time, history and feelings in the tender touch of a little music box. Beautifully written...
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 3/12/2010
Karen, this is filled with so much energy of the past. The music box is filled with the signatures of all that have touched its lid, gazed into it's mechanism, and listened to it's song. It has a life of it's own because of the energy bestowed upon it...I just love old things, I can always feel their vibrations and sometimes see the people who have touched it...Wonderful poetry Karen, as always you make us feel a part of the past.

Much peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by kg cummings 3/12/2010
I love heirlooms. Hope that this one, though forgotten is treasured by someone special. Smiles, Kathy
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/12/2010
Very Nicely done, Karen.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/12/2010
Can hear that tiny music coming from the forgotten box in the attic of a past that never will come back with its charm and tragedies.


Reviewed by Gerald Tate 3/12/2010
Great write Karen.

Best, Gerry
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/12/2010
A wondrous treasure, if only we have the eyes and ears to see and hear.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 3/12/2010
Fantastic as usual Karen.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 3/12/2010
This is a marvelous versed poem
within its timeless work of art
a "tour de force" wordsmithing!
Love & Lanterns
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 3/12/2010
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/12/2010
Beautiful poem as always
in Christs Love
Reviewed by John Flanagan 3/11/2010
Your sensitivity shines here, Karen, in this fine detailed rendering rich with understanding and history...and the music plays on.

Reviewed by Paul Berube 3/11/2010
An absolutely beautiful write, Karen. Thank you for sharing this with us all. God bless you.
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