Forgotten Song


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large fist black like coal
picking at the guitar mining a song
from the heart
he’s resurrecting a song
a forgotten tune searches
chips away hums until he finds it
resonating in his chest
up from all which was lost
deep caverns of time
of things forgotten
where all things fade

he remembers how it goes

he pulls the lost melody up from depths
alongside forgotten lyrics
that once made women dance
and give their ribbons away
that which was hidden from our ears
sees the light as heart resonates with guitar
melody and lyrics gush from his lips
and evaporates into a once forgotten song

Charles Jason Canady is an artist, writer, and poet from Fayetteville, North Carolina. His writings have been published by Pinesong, The Fayetteville Observer, The Olive Press, Tapestry, and Carolina Country magazine. He is the recipient of the 2018 Sherry Pruitt Award for Poetry sponsored by the N.C. Poetry Society. His poem “Proud Plow” became a finalist for the 2017 N.C. State poetry contest. He is also the author of Learning To Forgive (2005 IVthMan), a Christian help book on the subject of healing. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in writing at Methodist University. When he’s not creating, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and choking a tune from his fiddle.

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