. . . all the little notes he made

At the Children’s Violin Concert

               Firmly bowed
strands of horse hair
tightened or
gathered up by
a small hand to play
a piece by J.S. Bach
who drank 36 cups of coffee every day.

I like him because he was
inspired by his belief in God
& he played the organ in a church
in Leipzig & he walked on
cobblestone streets to his home
every evening where he fathered
many children & wrote music
for his wife to clean house by.
He worked hard all his life
& when he died, he left us
all the little notes he made
for himself while he was alone.

“At the Children’s Violin Concert” by Susan Cataldo from Drenched: Selected Poems of Susan Cataldo. © Telephone Books, 2003. Reprinted with permission.  (buy now)

)originally posted on Writers Almanac)

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