shakuhachi repertoire, handwritten from liner notes
you’re embarrassed by your own om you say—planning your funeral considering deep drones only a limited number of patterns exist for such a song played in one breath a prayer for a pregnant woman’s easy delivery a tender preamble for a new instrument a piece played for expressing gratitude a state of mind resembling moonlight a lighter one for festive occasions a piece for overcoming difficulties that could have been handled better a piece representing manifestations of self-discipline an offering at a service for the dead a piece expressing longing for home if there are indeed “still songs to sing beyond mankind” we’ll need those now
Copyright © 2018 by Jen Bervin. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on February 26, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.
About this Poem
Date Published: 2018-02-26
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/shakuhachi-repertoire-handwritten-liner-notes