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The Beggar

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Edited by Geoff Cooper, Saturday, 16 Nov 2019, 12:19

The Beggar


At the Saturday market

Among the children playing,

A man holds 

A violin.

Beautiful instrument

Nothing non-descript about it.

It shines, gleams,

Plenty of catgut,

More than enough horsehair.


He scapes away with the bow,

Fruitlessly,

Among the fruit stalls,

For he cannot play -

He has no idea how to play - 

This beautiful instrument.


And I think of

Yitzak Perlman and

Bruch’s violin concerto.


The violin case,

Set open on the ground for offerings,

Is empty

No one stops

To give undeserved alms.

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