On summer evenings as the desert heat dissipated, we would open all the windows in the house to let in the fresh, cool air. As I sat on the porch, or weeded in the garden, or fed the hens, the sounds of Erin’s violin would pour gently from her window, hovering above the quiet countryside. Her music was like the smell of perfume from a Purple Robe Locust, or the flash of blue from a Western Bluebird, or the taste of ripe mango. I haven’t heard Erin play her violin for several years due to her being away at university and missionary service. But I can still hear the music in my memory and feel the soothing sensation of my mind and body loosening their many knots. I miss her playing. I miss her. This poem brings Erin and her music back to me.
Notes dance through the window:
cheerful young notes
tip-toeing prettily upon the air,
swirling soft, slow pirouettes above
Fall sunset’s deep-green grass;
a blanketing balm
come to rest upon
a tired brow,
a twitching muscle,
an anxious heart.
Youthful hand and hopeful heart
send the bow searching the strings,
like a songbird upon the breeze,
like a breeze along the tree branch,
like tree roots through the earth.
Bring me through.