Yes, she would play the piano
whenever someone hinted
at national anthems
nothing but national anthems
for years she practised the French
the Dutch, the Greek
hesitantly the Russian
though they never seemed to differ much.
It was Bill, she said, Bill taught her
and Bill sent her the notes from beyond
evening after evening
or after months of silence
it was then she tried her own songs
national anthems in their own way
melodies from countries
still to be discovered.
Yes, she would set out and find
whatever it took, whenever Bill would tell her
would come back to her
and guide her, we shouldn't doubt.
In times of happy communication
Bill being back on the air
she would even predict the future
for a few pennies more.