An Arrangement

He took up the guitar to be around his violin
the strings of things that tie
he improved and he could sing and they began to play
a couple and then a bass
a trio then a band and a violin that couldn’t sing
so another bow figured in then a mandolin
drums a banjo and so it goes
then some bars then some clubs

and what began as a couple became a group
and the first violin took a seat
at rehearsals loosening the tie was the wait
the listening turned to thinking what had begun
to bring the fingers closer to the rings on their hands
in bands of peace and love

streets and corners now turning the moving parts of life
musical notes musical chairs bands expand
a missing seat an empty sheet

no bow but his pen now put to poem in rhythm to his soul
this flow became the under score that under wrote
an arrangement that became