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The Cellist

11.04.18 Posted in today's words by

Howard F. Stein’s most recent poem to appear here was “Taking Notice” (October 2018). The poem below originally appeared in Stein’s collection Centre and Circumference

The Cellist
By Howard F. Stein

He pulls off
Brahms, Dvořák, Elgar, and Shostakovich
with panache.

He sways
with his instrument
like a ballroom dancer with a perfect partner;

He grimaces
with utmost conviction
as he negotiates strenuous passages;

He feigns
ecstasy with cultivated lack of affectation;

He plays
with burnished sheen
and resplendent flair;

He is a celebrity;
he looks good.

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