” 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.