The Old Triangle

Now, she says,

let’s begin

getting to grips

with the violin:

we’ll start with jigs,

pick up the bow.

Our tutor holds

her fiddle

up to show

triangular

meeting points:

left hand – neck

right hand – bow

tip of bow

almost brushing chin.

We’ll try one so –

By the Shores of Loch Gowna,

otherwise known

as Brian O’Lin.

Later that night

I’m counting the stars,

herding them in

through parallel bars,

three at a go –

taking it slow,

left hand – neck

right hand – bow;

chin.

Outside the window

Orion’s Belt

lighting up

this heaven I’m in.

By the shores of Loch Gowna,

otherwise known

as Brian O’Lin.

 

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