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

© copyright francis barker 2012


72 thoughts on “Poem ‘Girl with a Cello’

  1. 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…


  2. 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…


  3. Thank you Claudia, once again. Well, whatever my ability as a writer, at least I have an imagination! 🙂 😉


  4. Oooo David, you write this one with the intensity of beautifully taut strings! Love it! 🙂


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


  6. 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!


  7. 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


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

    Take care…


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


  11. 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.


  12. 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!


  13. 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.


  14. 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.


  15. 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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  16. 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. 🙂


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