A Fiddler’s Shadow

Poetry by Gabriela Igloria
Issue 52 • June 2017 • Norfolk

still marks
my neck faintly

with a rough patch
of skin—a reminder
of the music

like a breath
drawn out when bow
meets string, meets fingers—

I used to find comfort
in polished wood
and silver

strings, the turning
of pegs,
the sharpness

of staccato notes
like bullets slicing air,
slicing me

too, my fingertips still calloused
after hour
upon hour of practice.

Gabriela Igloria is a Filipino-American poet living in Norfolk. She is Editor-In-Chief of Granby High School's literature and arts magazine The Cupola and is a student at The Muse Writers Center.

Photography by Paul Hostetler

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