Analysis of The Baby Grand Piano

Claudia Krizay 1956 (Washington DC)

The Baby Grand Piano

With hope to someday find my rainbow,
I play Beethoven’s sonata on the baby grand piano-
My father stands over my shoulder with a whip.
As he chants along discordantly,
I listen to his eerie voice in the night.

My father’s neglect screams and
Stabs me with cruel and toxic words-
Last night he abruptly passed away.

My thoughts are spinning out of control-
As are Saturn’s rings amidst a vicious meteor shower.
I sing a classic solo-off key though gently-
As my hands search for the keys on the baby grand piano.

I am alone in the dark- as I dream,
I am playing Beethoven’s sonata on the baby grand piano,
While the back door to my mind’s prison is padlocked-
My thoughts are spinning out of control-

I play Beethoven’s sonata on the baby grand piano-
With utmost care but with trepidation-
I recall my father holding that whip above my shoulder-
I know he can still hear me as souls never die-

I hear my father’s wrathful vengeance-
I never promised him the world-
He never promised me a life-
I composed a song for him, alone-
I played for him on the baby grand piano-
He slighted me with his deriding smile.

I hear the lonesome screaming of the deceased
Rain is falling into a bloodbath. –
Where my father’s soul is inclined to exist-

I believe my soul shall live on,
As I keep on searching for rainbows in a fleeting moment.
I play a dirge for my father
On the baby grand piano,
In the darkness and without command.

Scheme a aAxbx xxx Bcba xaxB Axcx xxxxab xxx xxcax
Poetic Form
Metre 0101010 1111111 11101010101010 110110110101 111011 11011101001 1100110 111100101 111010101 111101101 111010101010010 11010111110 111110110101010 1101001111 1110101010101010 10111111011 111101101 11101010101010 11111010 11110101101110 111111111101 11110110 11010101 11010101 101011101 111110101010 1101110101 11010101001 11100101 11101101101 10111111 11111011001010 11011110 10101010 001000101
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,441
Words 271
Sentences 10
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 1, 5, 3, 4, 4, 4, 6, 3, 5
Lines Amount 35
Letters per line (avg) 32
Words per line (avg) 8
Letters per stanza (avg) 125
Words per stanza (avg) 30

About this poem

This poem is about child abuse

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Submitted by claudiakrizay on September 14, 2021

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Claudia Krizay

I am a 65 year old woman living with schizophrenia. My poetry is an expression of my inner self and my way of coping with difficult times and enjoying good times through my writing and artwork I have found a place for myself in this world. more…

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