one way to play


if I hold my nerve
between the thumb and finger
of one hand

grasp my fear by the neck
with the other

up and down
up and down
strike each blow
in the rhythmic spasm
that doesn’t need a mind or a thought
that doesn’t need me there at all
just the repetition

release one finger on the left
raise it for a moment
like a shuddering of breath
then press it back
to grind your sin into the fretwork

up and down
and up and down
press into the fretting

this is the music
the sound
of stressed instrumentation

© Frank Prem, 2009

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