New Strings For Ukulele

By Jim Hill

Uncoiled, detangled, threaded over-under-through,
Bridge and saddle, knotted, tied then
Wound and wound and wound and
Stretched and wound.

Na fig dab wees

Keep winding, keep stretching, keep –
Oh that knot that keeps slipping and sliding –
Removed, rethreaded, retied.
Deep breath, stay calm, fat fingers restretch, rewind.

Ba tog gin knees

Check the knots, check the knots, tuner blinks,
Pings ascend as strings are brought to pitch,
Pinched, stressed, tightened, plucked,
Machine heads spinning, spinning, spun.

My dog has fleas


poetry friday buttonIt’s been a while, but as I take a breather between semesters I felt the call. And just maybe the need for new strings.  Amy at the Poem Farm is this week’s host for Poetry Friday. Hop on over for more poetry.


Mister Bug – the Video

February 23, 2013

The Mister Bug adventure has just about wrapped up. Last Spring I posted the demo of the song I submitted to the Eventide Arts Songwriting Contest. Much to my surprise, it won. Many thanks to the good folks at Eventide and my friends and family who came out and supported us at the performance. Here’s […]

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Hats Off – Poetry Friday

June 1, 2012
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I think anyone that ever played dress-up will have fun with this one. I have an extensive list of hats to add, so many stanzas to go before I sleep. Enjoy. Should it be a song? A picture book? Hmmm. Hats Off by Jim Hill I like to play at make-believe
, It’s kind of like […]

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Kid’s POV Haiku – Poetry Friday

May 25, 2012
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This week I’ve been looking to nature and experimenting with haiku. I also picked up Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka, perfectly illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Talk about two great tastes that taste great together! Words and images create a lively look at a year of being a boy. Although I […]

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Mister Bug, the Musical

May 18, 2012
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Here’s the demo track of Mister Bug recorded today with Andy Rapo. It’s a bit rough, but not bad considering how quickly we did it. Andy is a whiz in the home studio and has a pretty nice set up. That’s me singing and playing ukulele (in case you were wondering). Mister Bug started out […]

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Bumbly Me – Poetry Friday

May 18, 2012
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This week’s poem comes courtesy of the bumble bee crawling around the red azalea given to my wife on Mother’s Day, the very funny (and so NSFW) “Political Talk with Two Guys from Boston” segment in Dana Gould’s podcast, and my VCFA advisor, Mary Quattlebaum who suggested I try an acrostic and work on assonance. […]

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Monstrous – Poetry Friday

May 10, 2012
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Monstrous by Jim Hill Up all night? Can’t sleep a wink? What’s the trouble guys? Do you think that squeaky shriek, Could lead to your demise? I’m no weirdo just because, You find things too creepy. The shadows from a leafless tree, Only make me sleepy. Important safety tips you ask? Come closer don’t be […]

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The Empty Juice Box Blues – Poetry Friday

May 4, 2012
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No, I don’t have a four-year old wunderkind that may, sometimes act up. Especially if there’s too much juice involved. Why do you ask? The Empty Juice Box Blues by Jim Hill I’ve had me some timeouts, My best friends are fools, My teacher’s been on me, For breaking the rules. Don’t run in the […]

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Imminent Growth Spurt – Poetry Friday

April 27, 2012
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I had a different poem on deck for this week’s Poetry Friday, but then my four year old decided to eat everything for dinner. Seriously, everything. I expect he’ll wake up tomorrow and tell us that his legs hurt again. Good thing it’s almost shorts season. I hope you’ll come back next week for The Empty […]

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Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 26, 2012
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“What has it got in its pocketses?“* If you’re following along with poetry month you know today is “Poem In Your Pocket Day” so you’re packing some serious (or not so serious) verse. In case you’re not, feel free to print out this one and carry it around. Recess Vigilante by Jim Hill King Kong […]

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