“A Case for Violins” by Frank William Finney

Pulled from 

the mouth

of the mother 

tongue.

These words

are all I carry now.

They bend.

They crack.

They disappear.

They hide inside

the inner ear.

They shake 

the skull

but who can hear

the echoes 

in the atmosphere

when all is said

and nothing’s done

to turn them back

to music?


Frank William Finney is a poet from Massachusetts. He lived in Thailand from 1995 until 2020, where he taught at Thammasat University. His work has appeared in The Deronda Review, The Raven’s Perch, Tofu Ink Arts Press, and other places. His chapbook The Folding of the Wings is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2022.

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