WL Schuett

Wooden Music

two old friends 

on the back porch 

their guitars playing 

an old familiar song 


two old pals 

consorts and consul 

have made wooden music 

their whole life long 


two ancient pickers 

they've grown up together 

teacher or student 

partners in crime 


on an old wooden porch 

or a park bench or two 

under the street corners glow 

playing whenever they have the time 


two old sidekicks 

they've written a song or two 

but mostly they play 

those ancient universal tunes


stories of love and laughter 

heartbreak and sorrow 

two old buddies 

hoping to play again real soon 


two old farts 

accompliles and allies 

two wooden guitars 

plucking way at an age old song 


collabortors and chums 

two old guitars 

two old friends 

never getting tired of playing along 


  • Michael Edwards

    It conjures up a vision - a mark of a great poem.

    • WL Schuett

      Should conjure a vision of a couple old farts ... thanks Michael

    • Louis Gibbs

      That guitar is a unique beauty, WL, as is this fine tribute to a lasting friendship! As an old four-string guitar player, I can relate.

      • WL Schuett

        Thanks, that's interesting did you play it tuned like a mandolin ,banjo or like a guitar . Just curious

        • Louis Gibbs

          Like a guitar. Had ball with it all through school.

        • Candlewitch

          dear WL,
          both poem and instrument are very lovely! you must have many precious memories to cherish!

          *hugs, Cat

          • WL Schuett

            Thanks Cat yes we go back a long way

          • FredPeyer

            WL, you captured the mood perfectly! There are very few things in life that are better than a lasting friendship and music.
            And the guitar is amazing! Are these wood-inlays on the side? And the way you adorned the sound hole with the three rings is gorgeous! What kind of wood did you use? I heard of a guitar maker who buys curly Koa-wood from Hawaii.

            • WL Schuett

              Thanks Fred yes I make guitars and do inlays and other marquetry like designs . The wood on this guitar is mostly mahogany with the soundboard Sitka Spruce, the guitars I make are all done by hand , hand sawn , planed and oil finished...takes me 6 to 7 months to make one

            • Christina8

              Loved this poem, Bill. I grew up with a relative who played guitar and I find it so soothing. A bit of nostalgia for me. I'm glad that you have something that brings you so much joy! Thank so much for sharing this! Nice guitar by the way!

              • WL Schuett

                Thanks Christina glad the poem gave you a good memory

              • malubotelho

                Friendship and music goes together so good. Beautiful writing with a lot of fun for the reader. Tomorrow is Saturday and I'm going to meet old friends and music is going to be part of that. Friends and music inseparables.

                • WL Schuett

                  I agree wholeheartedly, thanks Malu

                • Tony36

                  Well written and expressed

                  • WL Schuett

                    Thanks Tony

                    • Tony36


                    • Goldfinch60

                      Super write, making music together is wonderful and must be all the better playing on an instrument that you have made. Good friend, good music played in harmony what more could one ask for.
                      Beautiful guitar - does the cat play?

                    • WL Schuett

                      While it's true it is a great experience to play music on an instrument that you made
                      Nobody would ever really accuse us of being harmonious lol but it's fun , my cat comes in after I'm done practicing...

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