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New Strings for Ukulele – Poetry Friday

by Jim on June 28, 2013

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.

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Catherine Johnson June 28, 2013 at 7:56 am



Jim June 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

Thanks, Catherine!


Tabatha 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!


Jim July 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thanks, Tabitha.


Mary Lee Hahn June 30, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Love the way you “tuned” your ukulele with words! WOW!


Jim July 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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


Amy Ludwig VanDerwater 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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