Margaret ("Peggy") Eleanor Trotter (nee Marshall)
27 April 1927 - 14 September 2012
Arriving at the homestead
I found the windows blankly staring
and the door swinging
open to the wind.
The rooms were empty of everything
except dust and echoes.
A soft tinkling of piano keys.
A clear voice lifted in song.
I smelt again the scent of geraniums,
the sweet steam of boiled fruit,
and recalled the warm enclosure
of flour-dusted arms.
When last I came,
I found the homestead gone.
Could no longer locate
the heart inside the house.
Yet, turning to go, heard again
the piano playing; the voice singing;
and realised that I would always
find you at home.
19-20 September 2012
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