corner of his red mouth.
The stormy double life that travelled
a great many miles in his sleep.
The piano, mechanically frail
heard through twenty years of fog.
The old family secret blotted out inside
never to go home again.
The first passionate tingling would
begin where child-hood had left off
All the above words (including the title) were found in the 1923 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, One of Ours by Willa Cather, Knopf, 1922. Book 4, Chapter 7, pp 303-306.
This illustration by Julie Rose Clark was inspired by the above poem.