Tuesday, July 12, 2011

From Rejected to Debonair

You pined away on me for days
Each word you chose meticulously
       Poring over precise meanings
       Pumping empathy into tone
A piano tuner with each note
Listening for off-pitch keys
       You named me and played me

 And then you submitted me

Days and months passed
No news, no sign; yet hope
       I sat unattended and ignored
       Missing your tender voice
I'd come home, you'd brag to friends
About how I made you proud

And then the letter came

I watched as you read the news
Another place, a different time
They said to try again- bullshit!
        I am a neglected misfit
       Go ahead and throw me away

But you still believed in me

You bathed me, trimmed me up
Matched and fit words to a tee
       You told me you'd keep trying
       To find a special spot deserving
       Of my finesse, suavity...
And now I'm debonair, one day you'll see

@laurie kolp

Inspiration: We Write Poems,  One Stop Poetry


mark said...

Turning chicken **** into chicken salad is such a wonderful feeling. Great write about it as well.

Reflections said...

To cut and trim... to make more beautiful. Difficult at times, like letting go of an old friend, to then be reunited at a later time.

Laurie Kolp said...

Thanks... and, yes, it can be very difficult to cut and trim!

Claudia said...

keep trying...
A piano tuner with each note
Listening for off-pitch keys...i love this..

Brian Miller said...

nice...yes never give up and it is nice to have one to believe in you...

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is lovely! I especially love the first stanza - the image of the piano tuner is inspired. :)

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the relationship between the poem and its writer!

Mr. Walker said...

Laurie, I like the structure of this, the way you've arranged the stanzas, an important idea in a poem about a poem. I especially like "But you still believed in me" following the contrast of "unattended and ignored" and "you'd brag to friends".


Mike Patrick said...

We work so hard to bring the little darling into the world. Sometimes it’s hard to dress them up for school because they looked so perfect as they were.

Anonymous said...

thank you for the {{smile}} ♥