The Cellist

Photo by Tanya Trofymchuk on Unsplash

The Cellist

There’s something about the cello that ruins the soul. It’s as if whoever first built one had fallen from grace, and in so doing, torn their heart from their chest and strung it from ear to toe. Before bleeding into the land, into history, into nothingness, they’d picked up a twig and begun to play. Death was not an option. Only a life of unending sorrow remained.


I recite this story to my secretary as I sit here and play. The notes rise and fall with her breaths. My fingers rest only when she blinks. I pour my everything into this most personal performance, not to impress, but to explain.


She smiles when I desperately wish her to weep.


Thank you for reading

Richard

10 thoughts on “The Cellist

      1. That was a trick question, it was someone playing the cello.
        The cellist is called Tina Guo and her album is called Dies Irae. She’s very good. Fair to say it moved me.

  1. I honestly don’t mean to be disrespectful, but when I saw that picture I spent ages wondering how they got that horse’s ass to be so shiny. Then I saw the title of the piece. Ah, a cello! 😃

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