Music From the Heart

June 13, 2010
I wish the lights weren't so bright.
If only these heels weren't so tall.
I am supposed to walk slowly, but it doesn't help that my legs are trembling.
I reiterate a single line in my mind: "Don't trip."

I walk across the solid grey ocean
And finally make it to my lifeboat:
A small black chair resting on a shiny, majestic stage.
I wish I would stop trembling.

I raise my wooden companion from the ground
And now begin repeating another line in my mind: “Don’t drop your cello.”
I take a deep breath, because this shouldn’t be so hard.
Playing music from my heart is all I know.

When my bow comes to a rest, and the audience claps,
I catch a glimpse of someone standing offstage.
Her eyes are glassy and her mouth is crinkled into a wobbly smile.
I begin to repeat the line “don’t cry” to myself, but it fails this time.

I can stand with poise against bright lights and towering high-heeled shoes,
But one look at my mother’s proud face transforms me into a human garden hose.
I don’t mind this in the slightest though,
Because I’m thrilled she could be there.

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IMAdreamerThis 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. said...
Jul. 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm
I like this, shows passion. Ps. Please check out my work
Mirrorxmask said...
Sept. 2, 2010 at 1:24 am
I honestly wish the last three stanzas weren't there XP Not that they're bad, but I think that it's far more beautiful that way. I also didn't understand the garden hose metaphor. I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help with poetry. Editor in chief of my literary magazine I may be, poet I am not XP
dreamer said...
Jul. 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm
Your description is very beautiful. :)
mandapanda9736 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm
I love this!!!! it's absolutely beautiful the way you capture the moment into words!
MedievalMouse94 said...
Jul. 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm
I like it :) you can feel your emotions. Theres no feeling that's quite like what comes over you when you make someone else proud.
elizabethlaura replied...
Jul. 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm
thank you :)
sleeplessdreamer said...
Jul. 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm
This is good. but I feel it lacked a certain poetic flow. More like a story than a lyrical poem.
andreag said...
Jul. 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm
love this so much, great job!!
i.ll_be_fine_899 said...
Jul. 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm
awww lovelyy!!! i could feel ur own emotions throughout the poem ^^ nd i liked how u kept mentioning wat was goin on in ur head, awesomee job!!
Zora. replied...
Sept. 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Aw, it's so sweet!

The narrative style is quite intriguing- you really pulled it off. Great!

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