Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

photo from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website.

Maybe I could slip
between the accordion bleachers
in this farmtown gymnasium
where mats cover the floor
so folding chairs
and music stands
won’t scuff the hardwood

but before I make my move
the visiting orchestra ignites
a thunderous chord
and I am finally freed
of the incomprehensible books,
unjust detentions
and teasing cheerleaders.

The instruments sing
with profound vibration
and unseen colors
crystallize my mind
like intense moments slowed:
a shot arcing to the basket
or a girl taking off her bra.

The symphony frees
me and I close my eyes
so my teammates
won’t see me cry.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra inspired this poem. They’re running a Freedom Poetry Contest and I was all set to enter when I noticed that the requirements restrict entrants to residents of the tri-state area, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, of course. Since I no longer qualify, I submit this poem to my kind readers for their approval.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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2 Responses to Freedom

  1. Emily Cooper says:

    The inner lives of so-called “nerds”. :-)


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