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    A poem I think you should read (2)

    How to Craft a Cello from Parts You Have
    by Tanya Laramie

    Within the confines of a solitary place, sit upright in a wooden chair.
    Wait patiently while your hair grows to reach the ground.

    Imagine the sound of spaciousness.

    From just above your nape, twist a lock to a finger’s-width.
    Snip it off and neatly set aside.

    Drape what remains over your right shoulder.
    Gather six strands at a time and braid into innumerable threads.

    Imagine paper lanterns rising in a night sky.

    Place feet flat on the floor with legs crossed at ankles.
    Your left foot shall precede the right.

    Divide your braids into five even segments.
    Loop one length around each toe and knot.

    Imagine what you most long for.

    Straighten your spine at a forty-five degree angle to thighs.
    Tightly draw the loose lock between your hands to form a bow.

    Tilt chin to left shoulder and open mouth.
    While running the bow across strings, softly exhale
    and grasp loneliness.



    vedran-smajlovic-playing-the-cello-in-the-partially-destroyed-national-library-in-sarajevo
    Vedran Smajlović playing the cello in the partially destroyed national library of Sarajevo, 1992.
    Photograph by Mikhail Evsatfiev.
    vedran-smajlovic-playing-the-cello-in-the-partially-destroyed-national-library-photographed-by-mikhail-evsatfiev-1992
    Vedran Smajlović playing the cello in the partially destroyed national library of Sarajevo, 1992.
    Photograph by Mikhail Evsatfiev.
    2 Comments

    well, now at least i see what i’m doing wrong. playing this ridiculous thing is the most included and connected i’ve been in and to anything since… i dunno, maybe forEVAR.

    maybe the key is to be great at what you do – then you can experience the lonliness of it. being mediocre offers loads of company.

    however it works, i accept.

    rache added these words on Jul 29 09 at 5:39 pm

    loneliness, even.

    rache added these words on Jul 29 09 at 5:40 pm



    Digg!