My Daughter Discovers the Violin
Ever since she first
lightly touched the strings,
lowering the bow so that
even the sparrows
nesting outside her window could
feel the music, my daughter has marveled
over and over at how pure
song can emanate from amber wood,
even silent hands. My daughter, whose fingers
run through the violin’s forest like a startled wind.
The clouds, empty
of white treasure.
The earth, covered
with cold crystals.
The river, frozen
in gray memory.
Poet and writer Linda Nemec Foster is the author of seven poetry collections, including the critically acclaimed Amber Necklace from Gdansk. She recently served a two-year term as Poet Laureate of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.