to music makers

whether you can play
a thousand songs
or one

you’re magic
to me

how your hands
your voice
deftly do what
the music
asks of them

how sound
has the power
to reach places
words do not

how rhythm
can compel
my body to move
unbidden

how a melody
can evoke
decades-old
memories

such a different
sort of power
than poetry

so distant from me

that i used to be
envious

not realizing
the only thing
standing between
me
and music

was my own
impatience
for time
and practice

so, music makers
it’s more than
your prowess
that impresses me,
but your persistence

(i suppose
we all have
our specific
compulsions)

you
making music–

you’re magic
to me.

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