Poem ‘Girl with a Cello’

Girl with a Cello

In a diamond city night we’re
taxied through floodlit streets

angled snow alabasters old facades
medieval histories beyond all guessing

Flanders is frozen outside this misted glass
the two of us sitting nose to nose

our tongues loosening aperitif smiles
white burgundy cutting through brie

making heads light and cheeks flush
and toe touch toe

Our eyes meet when bare soul strokes calf
kissing slim fingers one by one

plied each day to taut cello strings
sneak previews to plots and suites of night

Β© copyright df barker 2012

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72 comments

  1. Ina · April 19, 2012

    πŸ™‚ Hi David, this must have been a lovely night…

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  2. Eve Redwater · April 19, 2012

    This one just climbed right into my favourites! Stunning David!
    “aperitif smiles”… wow~ πŸ™‚

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  3. edhart7 · April 19, 2012

    lovely…almost been there, almost done that

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  4. claudia · April 19, 2012

    whew…you’re playing the hot songs today..eh..? nice…

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  5. dfb · April 19, 2012

    Thank you Ina! Well, thank heaven for artistic licence, that’s all I can say. Again, partly based on fact but it was a violin and not a cello, but, what the…

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  6. dfb · April 19, 2012

    Thank you once again Eve! I’m sure you recognise that feeling when one drinks something strong to start on an empty stomach (very bad! 😦 but very good :)) and everyone is smiling…

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  7. dfb · April 19, 2012

    Thank you Claudia, once again. Well, whatever my ability as a writer, at least I have an imagination! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

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  8. dfb · April 19, 2012

    Thank you very much! I almost did it too! πŸ™‚

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  9. Angela · April 19, 2012

    Oooo David, you write this one with the intensity of beautifully taut strings! Love it! πŸ™‚

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  10. dfb · April 19, 2012

    Thank you Angela – I really don’t know where this one came from, except to say that is partly based on fact! πŸ˜‰

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  11. Frederick E. Whitehead · April 19, 2012

    angled snow alabasters old facades – I love
    The way this line flows. Excellent poem, great
    imagery

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  12. Angela · April 19, 2012

    Well, you had me hooked πŸ˜‰

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  13. dfb · April 19, 2012

    πŸ˜‰

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  14. dfb · April 19, 2012

    Thank you so very much!

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  15. walterwsmith3rd · April 19, 2012

    Beautiful and romantic.

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  16. Emma · April 19, 2012

    Great capture, David. Love all of the details in this one…they really set the scene.

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  17. Laurie Kolp · April 19, 2012

    I really, really enjoyed this!!

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  18. weisserwatercolours · April 19, 2012

    sensual and sensitive verses

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  19. Russell Smith · April 19, 2012

    Great poem. I could really feel it.

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  20. Victoria C. Slotto · April 19, 2012

    David, there are so many exquisite images and “delicious” word choices in this that create such an atmosphere of excitement.

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  21. granbee · April 19, 2012

    My daughter grew up playing the cello and then sold hers for needed expenses when in college. But she is very glad to have developed her brain in that way and her music appreciation, especially now that she is living and working in NYC! Wonderful to think of someone like her sharing a taxi as in this poem. I love the illustration, as well!

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  22. A night to remember with a special tribute! It dances in the mind leaving thoughts and dreams…beautifully written!

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  23. Just A Smidgen · April 19, 2012

    I, too, p,at the cello.. So this one really “resonates” for me:) I love it!!

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  24. Just A Smidgen · April 19, 2012

    Lovely computer “spell-check” … That should have said I play the cello, hahaha, although I have “patted” it once in a while:)

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  25. dagdapublishing · April 20, 2012

    This is just perfect. Think we’ll be following your stuff from now on. In fact, we’re always looking for stuff to feature on our site and in anthologies. Fancy connecting?

    ~ Dagda Publishing

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  26. Soma Mukherjee · April 20, 2012

    A beautiful night it must have been …a lovely poetry πŸ™‚

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  27. kvennarad · April 20, 2012

    A precise little vignette. It captures the mood of the moment.

    M
    __________
    Marie Marshall
    author/poet/editor
    Scotland
    http://mairibheag.com
    http://kvennarad.wordpress.com

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  28. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words · April 20, 2012

    sublte sensuality from a delightful hidden romantic
    I like it Dave…
    you should have white wine more often….

    Take care…
    )0(
    maryrose

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  29. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Thank you so much once again Emma.

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  30. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Thanks very much!

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  31. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Walter, thank you so much!

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  32. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Thank you very much!!!

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  33. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Thank you very much, I’m grateful.

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  34. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Russell, thank you very much!

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  35. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Thank you very much, Victoria, I am very grateful.

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  36. dfb · April 20, 2012

    My wife used to/still does, sort of, play the cello. And I would love to. Thank you so much for your kind words, once again.

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  37. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Thank you so much Wendell!

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  38. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Thank you so much, I am grateful to you!

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  39. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Hi, thank you so much, I’m glad you like it. I’ve had a look at your site and it looks fascinating, I will have a ‘proper’ look over the weekend. I am now following you. I will send some submissions to you soon, or if you take blog published, or even previously published poems, feel free to look through the archive. I also have a book out, ‘Anonymous Lines’, available at amazon.com and amazon uk. Thank you.

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  40. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Soma, thank you so very much!

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  41. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Thank you so much! I have been following you for months, it seems but I haven’t received any of your posts, which is odd. I will try to remedy.

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  42. dfb · April 20, 2012

    Thank you Maryrose, I am very grateful to you. I generally drink red πŸ˜‰

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  43. elexxa · April 20, 2012

    great poem, a thoroughly enjoyable read πŸ™‚

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  44. zachbissett · April 21, 2012

    wow, stirring stuff, wish I could write poetry as well as you

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  45. Betty Hayes Albright · April 21, 2012

    David, this is delightfully enticing – I love it!

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  46. dfb · April 21, 2012

    Oh, thank you so much, you are very kind… but keep trying! I don’t consider myself (honestly) to be much good, although I have been getting better, I think!

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  47. dfb · April 21, 2012

    Thank you very much, Elexa!

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  48. zachbissett · April 21, 2012

    I’ve been doing the poem a day challenge for April to get the juices flowing, then I’m going to try and produce one decent poem a week. I write fiction mostly but there’s nothing like a good poem.

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  49. Thomas Davis · April 21, 2012

    The cello spoke to David Francis Barker, and when taut strings played, the romance made “heads light and cheeks flush” and sounded deep “to plots and suites of night…” when ” bare soul strokes calf,” and the stars whirl in slow circles around a traveling moon. What a poem! David.

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  50. Wow, beautiful. It makes me want to go galavanting through the city with my husband.

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  51. lscotthoughts · April 22, 2012

    Oh, wow, David, this one is just so lovely and dreamy!

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  52. dfb · April 22, 2012

    Lauren, thank you so much!

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  53. dfb · April 22, 2012

    Oh, thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  54. dfb · April 22, 2012

    Once again, I thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  55. curioushairedpoetry · April 22, 2012

    “our tongues loosening aperitif smiles
    white burgundy cutting through brie”
    mmmmmm great

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  56. dfb · April 22, 2012

    Thank you so much!

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  57. lazywednesdays · April 23, 2012

    So glad I read this! A beautiful poem, David!

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  58. dfb · April 23, 2012

    Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  59. rainang · April 23, 2012

    lovely πŸ™‚

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  60. dfb · April 23, 2012

    Thank you very much!!!!!

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  61. bardessdmdenton · April 24, 2012

    Now this is a delicious offering of romance…even if the poet in you took a little license… I loved it!

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  62. dfb · April 25, 2012

    Thank you once again – yes, a fair bit of licence!

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  63. D'Alchemiss · April 25, 2012

    Wow!!

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  64. dfb · April 25, 2012

    Thank you!!!

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  65. ogletterhead · April 26, 2012

    i like this very much.
    http://ogletterhead.wordpress.com/

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  66. indigofletcher · April 27, 2012

    Beautiful poem! I play the upright bass in a string band (I am 13 so its a school band!) right alongside 2 cellos and absolutely love the sound they make! I loved your first stanza! It really spoke to me and your entire poem was really unique! It was nice how the poem we up a sceane for the cello to come into at the end!

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  67. The Background Story · April 27, 2012

    Beautiful cello and romantic poetry πŸ™‚

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  68. theebonygirl · April 27, 2012

    absolutely beautiful!!!!!

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  69. dfb · April 27, 2012

    Hi, thank you so much! Well, make sure you carry on with your playing. I don’t want to sound like a teacher, but I regretted giving up certain things up when I reached a ‘certain’ age. πŸ™‚

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  70. dfb · April 27, 2012

    Hi and thank you so much!

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  71. dfb · April 27, 2012

    Hi, thank you so much for your comment!!!

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  72. britneyana · April 29, 2012

    Beautiful. I like the sexual connotations, meeting the instrument.

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