ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ode to the Trombone

Updated on April 3, 2012

NAPOWRIMO 2012

I have accepted the Poetry Month, 2012, challenge of NAPOWRIMO, to write 30 poems in 30 days. Needless to say, since this is April 3rd, I'm already behind, but don't you worry, I'll catch up. Yes I will :)

Here is poem number one:

Source

_____________________________

The trombone is a tenderly bent

Stretched out piece of pipe that

Slides down forward, takes a dive

Doubles back in a switchback

Round a second hairpin turn

Over your shoulder

Switchback again and expanding

First slowly then quicker

Emptying out into a flaring flange

Of the bell which does the blaring

In the player’s hands cross members support

Maintain shape and provide handles

To hold and move the slide to

Predetermined spots where pitches live

If they can be hunted down

The player must remember where

Down on the corner of the slide

The valve for emptying spit

Corked and spring loaded

So as to leak neither spit nor air

At the beginning of the tubular

Raceway a smaller

Cousin of the bell, where

The player places his or her lips

In a kind of raspberry kiss

Vibrating bands of flesh like strings

On a cello, hopefully producing

A sound both robust and mellow

Overall a shiny aura of mostly

Brassy reflection, often marked by

A patina acquired through musicality

And atmospheric experience

It seems to have personality

An individuation of its own

Realized only in intimacy

With its player, yet without

A trombone is still a trombone

Unique in appearance and mechanics

It stands alone

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

      Yes, Pamela, there is quite a bit to this bit of musical plumbing :)

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I sure didn't know all of that information. Very interesting hub.

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

      A good result :)

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Hahaha! Tommy boy you are excellent! I can hardly see for the laughter!

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

      Now I'm caught up with my quota, too! April 4th, four poems done. :)

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

      It is true that there is no escaping the saliva. Thank you Ruby!

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

      @ Candie

      NaPoWriMo poem number 4:

      The hair dryer is versatile

      You can use it seriously or for fooling around

      The hair dryer is also portable

      You can use it either upstairs or down

      :)

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is great. I will never look at another trombone without thinking of all it's parts, and spit..Hee..Cheers

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      No one could begin to make the trombone into a sexy poem like you Tom! What can you do with a hairdryer?

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)