The Old Guitarist

“The Old Guitarist”

You, who have played out
Your song of songs
Over the course of a long life,
Now sit just so,
Caressing the feminine form
In your spent loins,
Short-term memory
Memory no more,
Recalling only
A litany of loves
Lost long ago.
Proteinaceous plaques
Pockmark synaptic pathways
Devoid of roadsigns.
Whole notes give way
To a slurred run of final rest.

2012 © Brian T. Maurer

"The Old Guitarist" by Pablo Picasso, 1903

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2 comments on “The Old Guitarist

  1. grand-player says:

    I wrote about a Picasso yesterday. The man inspires. I love your melody.

  2. Allan Bedashi says:

    Smile! Vivid description of a guitarist now waxing in years and waning in ability to play the strings. The connection between the “feminine form” and “spent loins” reveals a very close (intimate) relationship between the guitar and the one who loves her. The “proteinacious plaques” must be the ones occuring in the brain that affect cognition.

    Enjoyed reading this!

    Allan

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