The Violist

It’s the intermezzo
that messes with her
this pallid palaver in between notes,
this infernal intermission
while the cadre waits, caught
as the conductor’s mastoid profile
milks his moment in the spotlight,
bilks their precious momentum,
waxes quixotic
about the upcoming season
to an audience who simply
wants to hear them

Her itchy fingers ache,
atrophy, long
to thread through
familiar strands,
caress beloved notes,
to rove, rhapsodize
along this fine maple neck
revel in
the simplicity,
of song.

She can breathe
only when it begins
again, leaves
her to spindle her fears,
her own torn heart
with these sacred strings.


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23 Responses to The Violist

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Written for Shawna’s Monday Melting, using some awesomely difficult words this week.
    Head on over and play!

  2. rosemary mint says:

    I know the list was challenging; way to go. 🙂 This is really beautiful:

    along this fine maple neck
    revel in
    the simplicity,
    of song”

    My head is killing me. I wish I were listening to your music instead of Barney.

  3. Laurie Kolp says:

    De- you never cease to amaze me.

  4. leahJlynn says:

    Lovely, I might have been inspired by you. blessings

  5. sorrygnat says:

    wow on all your stuff; i replied but couldn’t find post comment; you are delightful

  6. That’s excellent. And I say that as someone who worked as a symphony oboist for years.

  7. markwindham says:

    excellent, love the focus on the violist, aching just to play. I ache just to have a modicum of musical ability, but it is just not in the genes, can not play a note to save my life, but love to listen. Like the last stanza a lot, esp. the tie in of the instrument strings to the sutures.

  8. WOW, De!!! This is flawless!!! I just wrangled with these words and you make it look so natural, so easy. I love that you kept on throughout with the music inference. Great spinning of the words my friend!

  9. julespaige says:

    “as the conductor’s mastoid profile
    milks his moment in the spotlight”,
    I adore this play on words with words… I wondered how others would use this challenging list.
    I took a different route:

  10. Lindy Lee says:

    Delicate arrangement of words…

  11. De, I love this. I am a violist, and have played in many orchestras over the years. You are so right about the waiting and wanting to play. What you may not know is that the violists are almost always the butt of the jokes for everyone else in the orchestra. If you don’t believe me, just google “violist jokes.” Brutal. For this reason alone, I am delighted finally to read something NICE about the viola and those who play it!!! You are great.

    • whimsygizmo says:

      This is a fantastic compliment, Andrew. Thank you so much. I’ve always wanted to be musical but never had the patience. 😉 I played the guitar for like 5 minutes when I was 10.

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