Returning from outside chores, I open the door
And find the old guitar case pilfered from the closet
And my boy now strumming, intent on wrenching
The most noise out of each string. His eyes closed
In concentration. A rock star, live, on his own.
Quit the racket! I yell, grabbing the guitar
From his hands, showing him how to cradle it gently
To run his fingers up the frets, pressing out the tune.
I sing for him to count beats out. He nods with patience
As he listens to the studied, perfect chords.
And then the tears begin — welling in his eyes
They roll silently down his cheek, the damage done
A curtain call to something we could share. Now
I see: I am one of those who drive magic far from home.
I put the guitar gently back in its case, to join
The cobwebs, out of sight. His words,
Why do we always have to do things right?
Why can’t we do it, just for fun?
Are neither sharp, nor staccato. They ring true
As minors do; some striking chords stay with you.