Tribute for Writers Island

This is an old one, but as it was part of a complex post, I am re-posting for today’s Writers Island prompt: Tribute.

In Praise of a Maiden Aunt

I can see you now, plump, blonde and plain,
pebble glasses and a sour look;
dressed like Grandma in corsets,
brown dress with lace modesty vest
to hide your ample bosom.
Dad called you Twitter and Bisted –
you were pretty cranky then.

But I know better now.
A blighted love life,
a concert pianist manqué
for want of cash for training.
You gave me my first lessons
in the cramped front room
on that lovely grand piano:
a lifelong love affair for me,
a tragedy for you.

This was a life sacrificed
to look after the Grans.
Your talents unrecognised,
your music too soon silenced.
You were a heroine of your time.


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15 Responses to Tribute for Writers Island

  1. Elise says:

    To all the great women who sacrificed so much, what a wonderful tribute.


  2. Meryl Jaffe says:

    Beautiful. Powerful. Thank you.



  3. pamela says:

    Viv, I remember this one. Loved it then and still do.



  4. What a sad waste of a special talent. Yet I’m sure she gained some satisfaction from what she gave.


  5. earlybird says:

    lovely, Viv.


  6. Reflections says:

    Lovely indeed… truly heartfelt piece reflecting respect for her talent and her nobleness, a success of its own, needing no thank you’s I’m sure.


  7. RJ Clarken says:

    That is such a beautiful tribute, but, oh – what a thwarted, sad life for your aunt. I hope that she got some joy, somehow.


  8. What a lovely tribute. 🙂


  9. Oh I am so touched by this poem and her life. In those days, it was the norm for an unmarried woman to look after her parents, and sacrificing her dreams. Very sad, and heroic. In your poem, you honor her life. So well done.


  10. Irene says:

    Yes yes, ordinary heroines must be celebrated! The ordinary is extraordinary even if tinged with tragedy.


  11. brenda w says:

    I bet you miss her music. Every house should have a piano! What a gift you shared together with your maiden aunt. This piece is well put together, and tells an engaging story. Love it!


  12. Linda Jacobs says:

    Yes, she was a heroine and you bring her to life and honor her in this lovely poem.


  13. Tilly Bud says:

    I remember this one! Lovely.


  14. A lovely and loving tribute!


  15. That’s a beautiful tribute. I suspect she found success of a sort.


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