BROKEN BODY. WHOLESOME MUSIC

I saw him daily,
sauntering up and down the beach in Jamaica,
pushing a battered cello
on a wobbly trolley
with broken wheels

attentive,
hoping for an inviting nod

the weathered fingers
pluck the cords
on the broken wooden body

wholesome music fills the air
with the soft percussion of waves
applauding

BROKEN BODY, WHOLESOME MUSIC (segue)

wholesome music fills the air
with the soft percussion of waves
keeping the rhythm

one tiny, solitary bird
chirps a solo
heard above the din
of sunbathers nearby

boughs laden with green leafs
bow in appreciation.

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Photos: The Cello Player in Negril by Philip Chircop (February 2018)

www.philipchircop.com

Philip Chircop, SJ, is based in Toronto and works in both the retreat and parish ministries.

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