Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Guitar


As I continue to participate as best I can in the great National Poetry Month poem-a-day roundup (cue the theme song from the ancient TV series, Rawhide), I've decided to post a guitar-poem, of sorts--meaning it is sort of a poem that's sort of about guitars.
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All Guitars
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Do you ever wonder how many people
worldwide are strumming a guitar at
the exact same instant, such as now?
Me, neither--well, except for this
one time. What if we could hear
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this simultaneous strumming's
combined sound? It would be
like a guitar-hurricane hitting
the coast of our listening. We'd
have to got to a shelter
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while the guitar-storm roared
overhead. How many strummers
strum at once? Estimating this number
creates a complex chord in the head,
a gnot of notes compelled to get along.
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Copyright 2009 Hans Ostrom
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