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.

New Strings for Ukulele – Poetry Friday
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7 thoughts on “New Strings for Ukulele – Poetry Friday

    • June 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Thanks, Catherine!

  • June 29, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I like the way you take the reader through this process rhythmically — the lines echo what is happening. Very nice!

    • July 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks, Tabitha.

    • July 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks – I was really trying to capture the whole stressful experience. It ended well though.

  • July 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    You did it! What a cool process poem. My daughter just started playing uke, so this gives me an extra smile. Cool threading. My apologies for the late comment – I had to travel unexpectedly. Happy poetry week! a.


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