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After: Volver, Volver by Buika

After: Volver, Volver by Buika

written by: Ingrid Bruck



life wails
a jazz solo      contrapuntal
her heart broken
a dream     stolen
a child        lost
her man

on Buika’s blue notes
sorrows      s—o—a—r
griefs         c//r//e//s//t//
regrets hold her hostage

hope for the future            smashed
love                 vanished
a cup                shattered

the singer belts words out of the shadows that trap her inside a cave
sound cascades        like golden shimmer on clouds
she climbs up            molten scales
the running notes        illuminate the pain

her voice      //                      releases a bird
its wings   b//e//a//t//        in frenzy to find the door
she refuses   //              to stay trapped
pounds the walls and glass
won’t be stopped

only a wabi-sabi artist like Buika can fill cracks with gold
that which was broken is mended whole
in this recording
her song flies
unbound and f—r—e—e

Ingrid Bruck

Ingrid Bruck

Ingrid Bruck lives in Pennsylvania Amish country, a landscape that inhabits her poetry. A retired library director, she writes short forms and poetry. She writes a monthly column, “Pearl Diving,” featuring online writer resources for Between These Shores Books and serves on the BTSA editorial team. Some current work appears in Failed Haiku, Heron’s Nest and Verse-Virtual.
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