Monday, April 13, 2009

Describe a Hobby


Wayne Henderson says,
“jus’ get you some nice woods
an’ put ‘em all together,
get you a knife an’ cut away everything
that don’t look like a Gee-tar.”
Players pick back and side wood but the top is mine.
Sniffing Spruce and Cedar, tapping and feeling
which one wants to become this guitar.
Backs and tops joined and braced,
sides bent on a hot pipe, linings glued
and a body appears.
Neck carved from Mahogany or Maple,
frets cut through Rosewood or Ebony.
Piece by piece, as it has been done
for hundreds of years, living wood
becomes an instrument.
In a different way and place
the trees are called to sing again.

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