Janacek, his daughter dying
Debussy (dying and broke)
Call and cry from the grand piano
In a room off Baker Street
Near the Sherlock Holmes Hotel.
The notes whisper, writhe and sob as
The pianist - one small woman in
Sensible shoes - decides to
Break her heart and ours.
Bells, birds, stars and leaves
Drop from the sky; the roof is gone.
By Joan Gleitch
Written after Renee's recital at the Hellenic Centre in London, 13th November 2010.