Violins and Poetry

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this weeks edition of Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 11th of September 2017 on Red Kite Radio.

In this edition I read my poem, First Violin, and look at the role of the violin in poetry. Louisa May Alcott referred to the violin as “the most human of all instruments. Emily Dickinson used the violin in her poetry as a metaphor to describe her understanding of the connection between Spirit and Body.

For those of you who can’t access the recording, the text version of First Violin is added after the recording bar.

To hear the recording, please press the arrow on the left of the sound bar below.


Poetic Beats will be taking a break for a couple of weeks and will be back on Friday the 6th of October. Have a great weekend.

First Violin

it was a thing of beauty.
your face a picture, as you
opened the case and saw it
for the first time
laid in red silk, fairy lights reflecting
on polished maple,
resin overpowering pine.

we laughed as you battled
with the chinrest, trying to
breathe new life
into aged strings.

we cried at your early renditions
of “cat dragged across a blackboard.”

you persevered.

Sunday mornings
became the Royal Festival Hall.
Mutter, Neveu, Handel
graffiti on your bedroom wall.
until youth’s folly led you away,
the violin put to rest again.

sometimes i still sneak
into your cupboard
opening the case, listening
to the songs you left behind –

amongst disturbed dust.

© Davy D 2017


Hugely enjoyable Davy, your voice, tone and manner are just perfect for listening to, especially, and I’m being serious, your accent which immediately creates interest. Absolutely love this !

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    Thanks Nigel and I appreciate the feedback. I sometimes feel the accent may be too far away from the BBC model and not sure how it is received, so am glad it is coming across well. I was contemplating spending money on a speaking with plums course.

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Applause……as always i enjoyed listening to your readings Davy.

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I thoroughly enjoyed your reading, Davy. You made your poem come alive – through voice and metaphors. Thank you for the delight! 🙂

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Amazing, Davy. Beautiful words that come to life.

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Well done, Davy. Great reading.

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I’m impressed, Davy. Great poem. You manage to pack so much into so few words, and manage to conjure up vivid images to convey your theme so succinctly.

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Beautiful poem, Davy! I can hear the violin “singing” melodious tunes lulling me into a place of peace. Oh, and I greatly enjoy hearing you read your poems. Your voice is as comforting as the violin’s songs.
(((HUGS))) 🙂
PS…We have two very old violins that belonged to grandparents. My children play piano, keyboard, flute, drums, guitar, etc…but no one plays violin yet. Maybe one of my grandchildren will take violin lessons some day. 🙂

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    Thank you so much Carolyn. Hopefully that dream will come true for you. It would be wonderful for you to hear your grandchildren play the violin. It must be fun in your house with all those instruments 🙂

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Davy, I enjoyed hearing you read this so much. I loved it when I read it before, but, now, after hearing you read it, I love “First Violin” even more. Having recently returned to the place where I raised my older children, it rings with poignancy.

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I loved hearing you share more on this beautiful poem. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing.😀

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