Poem of the Day: “the instruments”


the instruments

these instruments culled from forest and field,
from trees and horses healthy and well-fed
on golden sun and sun-soaked grain
the sediments of rivers enriching the soil
with thousands of years of minerals and rain

then with keen eye, the wood carefully crafted
sanded, polished and oiled to a warm glow
capable of reflecting their source fire,
tails harvested from horses carefully bobbed
and then painstakingly grafted

a masterful merging of animal and lumber
strung with strings of varying number
across the holes of hollow chambers
with precise and mathematical distance
allowing for a rich relational resonance

by skilled hand ingeniously assembled
into forms that, with a lyrical eye, resemble
the slow curves of the rivers required
and the warm curves of the women
of whom music would be inspired

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