Hey, Luthier!

Can you hear me
over the sound of a fret
hammer? I know
you’re not looking—I can

say anything.
No one’s going to get embarrassed.
Not even my future
self in her quiet

attention to every detail
you create.

The Thrummed

I’m the one he made first. Still leaning
against an unpainted wall and unstrung
in his mind. Far

from perfect, my curves are a first try. But
he finished me
well. And I’m a hit

at campfires deep
in eastern New York forests.