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FIRST LESSONS    music by Glenn Hardy    poem by Margaret Hardy                                          


In the house
on the well kept
street

cruelty
ridicule
drunkenness

and in the hallways
and in the bedrooms
disdain

And yet
And yet the stars
did not cease
to shine

And yet the moon
was not
forsaken.

A child
who has grown up
here
shall take off
her coat
of sorrows

leaving it
somewhere
forgotten
beneath
the agate
sky:

like the stars
her light
shall not be
diminished

like the moon
she is not
forsaken.

(1995 Hardy Perennials Music)

 


 
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