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Greeting the New Year with Poetry and a Tribute to Louis Braille

January 4, 2018


Greeting the New Year with Poetry of the Five Senses and a Tribute to Louis Braille


I hope that 2018 is beginning in a wonderful way for all of my Wordwalk readers.  For my first blog of 2018, I am sharing with you a poem which I entered in a contest this past October.  Although the poem did not win a prize, it was well-received by my critique group and other readers.  For the national contest, the poem had to focus on the five senses.  I hope that all five of your senses–plus common sense–are in perfect tune for you throughout the upcoming year.


Fugue in Five Senses


by Alice Jane-Marie Massa



On stage, at the concert grand,

thanks to the braille music the pianist studied,

she smiles with joyful confidence

as her long fingers stretch over octaves

of cool ivory keys

that share warm melodious notes

with an audience, unseen beyond the spotlight

which smells of the heat of this solo moment.


Then, the applause bounces into her ears

as she bows

and takes into her talented hands

the comforting harness and leash

of her cherished guide dog–

her second sight–

that leads the pianist stage right,

where someone hands her

a fragrant, single, apricot-colored rose

and a chocolate raspberry truffle

to celebrate

her “Fugue in Five Senses.”



Best wishes for a sparkling, poetic, and happy 2018!

Alice and Leader Dog Willow


POST-SCRIPT:  January 4, will mark the 208th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, the inventor of the system of raised dots that we call “braille” to honor this most famous person from Coupvray, France.  A teacher and church organist, Louis Braille also created braille music.  On January 6, 1852, Louis Braille died of tuberculosis.

Through the centuries and still each day, Louis Braille continues to touch the lives of countless people around the world.


January 3, 2018, Wednesday



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  1. Sue McKendry permalink

    Alice–enjoyed this poem so much. And also thanks for reminding us about Louis Braille’s birthday.–Sue

    • Sue–Thanks for keeping in touch through your comments on my blog and our visits!

      Take care–Alice and Willow

  2. Fran Rayce permalink

    What beautiful images your poem created! I felt like I was in the audience enjoying the performance myself.
    Happy New Year to you and to Willow as well.

    Stay warm,

    • Fran–How nice to have a comment from you on my first blog of the new year!  Despite the Midwest weather, I hope that 2018 is starting off very well for you and your family.

      Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

      Alice and Willow

  3. mfanyo permalink

    Happy New Year to you and Willow, Alice!
    This poem is one of my favorites of all the wonderful poems that you have written and shared with your readers. As you begin the fifth year of your blog, I look forward to reading your 2018 posts in the coming weeks!
    With love and Best Wishes,

    • Mary–I am glad to hear that you like this short poem so much. As always, thanks for commenting!

      Enjoy another semester with your pre-kindergarten students!

      Take care–Alice and Willow

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