” When I have a hard time coming up with ideas, I will pick up my ukulele and play it until something comes to mind. “

By Victoria Smithson

The plastic, out-of-tune strings on my free Harmony ukulele

resonate semi- sweet chords

that bounce off of my computer screen.


I only know one song by heart

but damn I play it well,

search for inspiration in the fake red wood.


The pleading noise from the sound hole

drowns out shouting from my trailer home.

I focus on the cheesy white music note rosette

and the painted- on pick guard.


After a few strokes I crank the tuning pegs again

the strings groan but obey.

so I continue to strum with my felt pick

until an idea strikes me.