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Vioin Recital, May, 1994 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

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Sitting in a big white room - white walls, white ceiling, gray carpet
A grand piano, slick like wet tar, spread out in the middle of the room.
Mini violins on small laps, balancing dangerously on the edges of knees
Little performers fiddling with their bows and cases and rosin.
My parents, not in the front row, but the fourth (they’re always a little late):
My mother arches her neck to get a peek at me and waves,
eyes and mouth wide with genuine motherly excitement.
My father slouches back into his chair, with bored, sleepy eyes,
Ready to tune out every performance but mine.
A short woman stands up with neat gray hair combed back
Fragile with her sunken eyes and thin, wrinkled body
But strong with fingers that could grab strings and vibrate them like no one’s business.
She says, Welcome.
I am in the performers’ row - a row of cold metal folding chairs
Sitting a little straighter, gripping my violin with slightly shaky fingers
Feeling my dress a little heavier, all that red velvet and so little lace collar
As she calls my name: I’m first.
Standing, walking, posing confidently now
Playing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” scratchy and sweet
Amazing how I strike that A, that E, with my trusty sword.
It’s over now, bowing, bending from the waist to look at my feet
Pressed together and cute with ruffled ankle socks
Smiling, beaming at my fans
The fourth row especially loud.
The first recital is always the best.



This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the February 2006 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






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Egyptiangirl13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 10, 2010 at 8:56 pm
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
NARiNES said...
Jul. 24, 2009 at 3:30 am
beautiful! this was like my first violin concert!
 
Elizabeth B. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm
This captures the emotions of a recital so well. I really connected with it, and I think anybody who's been through a recital would too.
 
EstherSora This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 24, 2009 at 7:56 pm
awww, that was a feel good poem, thanks for sharing the moment
 
lovehate29 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 24, 2009 at 5:59 pm
This poem has so much detail and emotion into it. I love it!
 
Gabriella E. said...
May 24, 2009 at 3:23 pm
this poem is amazing. i love to play instruments too (:
 
vivaeno said...
May 14, 2009 at 10:25 pm
I love this poem so much! It makes me wish I could remember my first concert.
 
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