Cello Suite

I used to say, when I'm retired
I'd like to learn to play

the cello—an instrument
whose sound I've heard

described as closest to
the human voice. The score

that it will read is nearly
complete: low volleys

in the distance signifying wars,
shards ranged across the lines

like all the close calls and near
misses. Most of all I dream

of learning to pull the bow in one
continuous motion across

that estuary of longing as the roots
of mangroves fill with twilight.

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