Will these strings betoken bravery?
Breathe, and then I play,
Will these chords console the lachrymose,
Weep not, but how can I?
Will this chorale tend scarred hearts?
A prayer to say, the rest to God.
Will the silence in this sanctuary cease to echo?
Oh how it speaks so loudly.
Will I play to turn back time?
Only so, with my eyes closed.
Will memories flood the hall and offer reassurance ?
My shaky fingers, they fret about this bow.
But I pray as I play.
These strings, my emotions they control,
Forgiveness is not a new thing
These chords, they heal
Closure is not a stranger.
The chorale, we sing in commemoration,
Heroes in our eyes, always .
The violinist, composed but visibly emotional,
Her violin, bespeaks the aftermath of 9/11.
9 thoughts on “The Violinist”
Could be any grief, any loss. Beautifully done, heartbreaking.
Any loss at all. Thanks for reading
Absolutely outstanding. Violin music has a melancholic tone all of its own. And within in the context of the poem adds to the Pathos.
Thank you Talia.
Once upon a time I was a violinist – this spoke to me xxx
Nice! Thanks for reading 🙂
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This is wonderful.