A Cello Knows

Amidst the smoke and light and laughter
Along the smiles and cheers thereafter

A sound is bled, wrung free from strings
It bounds and treads and wholly sings
Inside each song, a secret’s moved
Not right nor wrong or frequent proved
The message dances from bow to ear;
A coded trance of love and fear
From left to right the story rings
Of Death and light the Cello brings
The covert tale engulfs the room
It vibrates truth to those who loom
The Cello knows for why it’s played
Its secret lost, both gone and stayed

In the smoke and light and laughter
Music lies and cries thereafter


The Skipping Sound

On torrid winds of change therefrom
A lurid light finds range to thrum
Bold and bright and dry it seeks
The cold and quiet eyes that peek

For change is that; a whipping wind
A blinding light that has no end
Curst and harsh and strong it burns
At worst, from far, it longs and yearns

When torrid light has gone or come
And florid sights of change begun
Admitting new, a song so sung
Attending too, a throng so hung

For change is that; a music note
A binding, tight, subduing hope
The skipping sound of steps that pass
On winds of change that never last…

Walk with me a while


Andrew Todd Ramirez is an amateur writer and full-time student at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He 27 years old and first began writing poetry about 4 months ago after reading “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by John Donne.

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8 Responses

  1. E. V. "Beth" Wyler

    Wow! I’m very impressed that A Cello Knows was written by someone who’s been writing poetry for only 4 months! You have an awesome gift. I can’t wait to read more of your work!

      • Fr. Richard Libby

        I agree, too. I imagine that we can look forward to more good things from this young poet!

  2. Joe Tessitore

    You’re writing poetry like this after four months?
    Imagine what the next four months are going to bring!

    Well done Andrew (on Shakespeare’s birthday)!

  3. Allen

    Like the music itself, your poems weave in an out and stay on the mind!

  4. David Hollywood

    Lovely poetry and I especially enjoyed ‘A Cello Knows’, super sentiment.


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