Old Violins

May the music in you sing on in beauty ~ ~ ~

Poesy plus Polemics

violin “Abstract Violin in Oils” by Tammy Burnett

such subtle perfections
artisanal mastery
working the secrets
of varnish and wood
honeyed resonance
sweetening centuries
convex and concave
caressed from cured
maple and spruce
a refinement of forms
yielding nuances
new to the musical ear
bright and brilliant
of timbre and tone
and yet fragile and
too much afflicted by
indifferent march of
indelicate time

we are old
born of stock
long since
gone to the grave
we are better
and also the worse
for our age
we have outlived
the best of our
beautiful songs
blessed and cursed
all at once by
the same flawless
fingers of genius
uniquely aware of
how lovely a sound
could be made
by a life

“The older the violin, the sweeter the music.”
– Augustus McCrae in Lonesome Dove

(A modest tribute to the master Italian luthiers: Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati, and Bergonzi)

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