Rachelle wrote this beautiful Sestina last year for an online class.
Hope you enjoy it!
Sestina on a Violin:
Portraits of Song
Music from my violin shimmers.
Trembling hands, vibrato quivers;
Four slim gymnasts—fingers dancing.
ƒ-shaped mouths with vivid voices
Sweetly sing in lilting colors,
Pulsing, vibrant strings all spinning.
Like a weaver softly spinning
Strands of rainbow into shimmers
Of an hundred shades and colors:
Threads a-flicker, each one quivers—
Loom a-laughing, merry voices
Clicking, clacking—threads all dancing.
Like an artist—paintbrush dancing
Across a canvas, spectrum spinning,
Flower garden: glossy voices
Chant in hues of song, each shimmers,
In a choir of pastel quivers.
The artist’s harmony is colors.
Like a dancer showing colors
In the song—a dazzling dancing
Rainbow: twirls, then halts and quivers,
Pirouettes and skips off spinning
Down the floor; her fine dress shimmers,
Shivers, whispers in hushed voices.
Like a chorus—lustrous voices
Painting song in quartet colors.
From soprano, cold it shimmers,
Down to alto, tenor—dancing
Slowly—waits at bass; still spinning
Through the octaves, each note quivers.
Like an author: pencil quivers
As the vital, valiant voices
Surge inside his mind—all spinning
Stories in exotic colors.
Harlequin, his words keep dancing;
Musical, his meaning shimmers.
My hand quivers, fingers dancing:
Four strings spinning, breathing colors,
Waking voices. Music shimmers.
© 2013 Rachelle Evonne Ferguson