The Fiddler

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The Fiddler

He was, after all, an outcast,
born without choice or request.
There was no decision or option
beyond his unbidden bequest.
He knew from quite young he was different
in ways that the dull eye could see
and try, though he did, to impeach it
he held none but a birthright decree.
In his family of birth unaccepted,
he learned to adapt and pretend...
playing their tune on their fiddle
learned to sell his soul to amend.
Until came the day that he'd dreaded
A day that he knew would arrive,
When the fiddle he played could not render
and their tune, could no longer contrive.
With a handful of sorrow, yet empty,
he set out to make his own way...
to purchase his own bow and fiddle
and write his own music to play.
He bought back his soul with his freedom,
shook the dust from his heels and moved on.
With a tear and his fiddle as company,
he played long into the dawn.


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

I can't quite understand No_ how you write for me, for I am the family outsider, a lone cast away set free

Yet I am the humble, learned man quite happy don't you see, for I have a gift of two loves, my wife and son for me.

I now play a song of true love, of hard earned strength and glee, for those who sought to hate us, are now filled with lonely agony...


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

bbnix, a happy ending to a sad sad tale...leaves this reader with a sense of true strength of character, methinks. I so love your response, and smile that you related. I am glad you are my friend!


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

I actually have had a relationship with my guitar. I used to hold it even in my sleep (when I was a child). The instrument when it bears the soul's voice no longer is just a piece of wood with strings upon it. I now have the ability to put "soul" into the songs where a soul needs to be. (King David was a musician and a poet in his Psalms.)


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

I so love your comment, and you speak true. What a gift! Thanks, CM Castro!


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Absolutely beautiful No Clue. I love the connection between man and instrument, possessive and needy. A true partnership. Love the photo's too. Keep em coming girl. Voted up.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Very nice!


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

thebluestar, thank you, so very much! This is a true tale of sorts, about many, I suspect.


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

"Merci beaucoup" Mr. Starr!


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tumblintumblweed 5 years ago

Well,No_Clue, I guess I can't relate this poem to an instrument,even though I played one! I see it in a different perspective.I relate to the way I had to live my life...according to what everybody wanted me to do,to dance their dance, to play their songs! Then, one day I just left, and went my own way, to dance my my own dance and sing my own songs, and happiness followed! Great job my friend! Up & Beautiful!


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

thumbs up and thank you, tumblin!


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epigramman 5 years ago

....whether it be a fiddle - or a violin - just keep on playing and writing for me - my sweet poetic maestro!!!


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

It is my fondest delight! Much love!


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Such a soulful insightful tale, it takes my breath away...


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No_Clue 3 years ago Author

BeyondMax, I am ashamed that it has taken me a full 12 months to respond to your comment...please forgive me for that. Thank you, kindly, for your most awesome comment! I hope this finds you well. Blessings!

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