Broken Cello

December 21, 2015

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I recall your body
beneath a spotlight
its smooth maple shine

the smile
on your player’s face
as he drew his bow across you

I heard you lost your end pin
to some careless hands
one of your f-holes

fissured in the back of a van
string free I’m told
your bridge is now bare

unplayable
your tail piece
no longer vibrates.

Kevin Reid

(Kevin Reid lives in Scotland. His poetry has appeared in various online and printed journals, such as, Domestic Cherry, And Other Poems, Pushing Out the Boat, Ink Sweat and Tears, Amaryllis, The Interpreters House, The Open Mouse. He is the founding creator of the >erasure and >erasure ii projects and Wordless, a collaboration with George Szirtes published in April 2014 by Knives Forks and Spoons Press. He is editor of Nutshells and Nuggets, a webzine for short poems)