I remember Ellie in yellow
hiding behind her mother's dress,
afraid to come in for her piano lesson.
Now she wears the high heeled shoes of a lady.
She knows to keep them on for two hours
and no longer than that.
She knows how to walk with sure steps
up to the big black piano
where she plays Beethoven.
Her hair is dark and longer than anyone's,
and in her trim skirt and yellow blouse
she gives her music to God and Everybody.