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It's too quiet.
Can you play it harder?

Strum the strings until they groan, humming, buzzing in tones unknown.
Hammer your callouses down on the frets, weaving chord sets
into motifs far beyond repair.
When the skin peels off your fingers, you cannot care.

Go on, hum along.
Belt out lyrics to the song.
Let your hands pluck at the metal,
Extracting a tune, not letting it settle,
Then pounding down, slamming on the steel
Like slamming down on car brakes.
This is the sound that music makes.

When you miss a fingering,
The misstep still lingering,
You'll freeze with silence.




It will echo and it will ring.


Have you found it now?
That one chord,
That harmony of vibrations

Show me,
Louder louder louder louder.



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SnehaChatterjeeThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 2:28 am
Well written!! Keep it up. Its a very unique poem.
 
justkasey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 27, 2009 at 12:15 am
this reminds me of my best friend brad. definitely a compliment. keep it up:)
 
donthe said...
Nov. 13, 2009 at 11:03 am
keep on writin; I love it!
 
Stephaniere This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 16, 2009 at 2:31 am
My god that is amaizng, seriously one of THE best I have read on here, oh wow.
 
darkprincess said...
Oct. 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm
This poem is excellent, I Love it!
 
SilverAngel777 said...
Oct. 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm
that's beautiful, i can relate to this and feel the reality of it
 
Jordon. said...
Oct. 15, 2009 at 11:51 am
this is an amazing poem. (:
 
kiska_puppy11 said...
Oct. 14, 2009 at 9:21 pm
This is a great poem! I like really really like how you describe the sounds and you used some great similies! Keep writing your poem rocks!
 
Duckie430 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm
i like this. it flows really well & the sequence works well.
 
Priscilla K. said...
Oct. 14, 2009 at 12:13 pm
i rly rly liked this poem but that last line kind of...needs some work.. other than that i just loved it!!
 
WritingInspirer300 said...
Oct. 13, 2009 at 3:25 pm
it probably would have sounded better if you said "because your so in tuno you dont care" instead of "you cannot care", but other than that the poem is a work of art
 
michaela said...
Oct. 13, 2009 at 12:23 pm
I love this poem.
It flows so nicely...I love the rhyme sequence you used...if it is a sequence...whatever you did, I loved it.
You really captured the way music...see, I can't explain it! The sound that music makes...
The only thing I don't like is the last line, but overall, this is a great poem. 5 out of 5 stars.
--Michaela
 
BrittneySamantha said...
Oct. 13, 2009 at 9:38 am
veryy good poem :D i loved it!
 
Dr.Seuss6 said...
Oct. 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm
I agree with wednesday, all of your poem besides the few mistakes were very touching and enlightening
 
lexerox said...
Oct. 12, 2009 at 9:38 am
hey that was really good heres a website u guys can read my poems at
http://www.thetwilightsaga.com/group/poetplace/forum/topics/poems-by-lexe-black
 
perpetualwednesday This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 12, 2009 at 12:52 am
I really liked this poem. You made things rhyme without sacrificing meaning. However, some parts of it sounded a bit awkward. That very last part, "show me, louder louder louder louder" seemed a bit off. Also, the "you cannot care," part didn't flow quite as nicely as the rest of that stanza. Over all, though, I thought you did very well. =]
 
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