From Fret to Regret

My teenage passion
was fingering frets,
twisting my fingers into
chords and positions,
resonating the sound
hole of a Yamaha.
When telephone
wire silhouettes
strung across yellow
and orange sunsets
resemble strings,
I regret giving up my dream
of playing like Williams or Bream.

Kim M. Russell, 17th June 2019

My poem for dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille: Fret

This Monday, I’m hosting the Quadrille with the word ‘fret’ and I’ve edited another old poem into forty-four words. I’m posting and linking up early as I’m going to a funeral. This is the first poem I’ve posted in a while as I haven’t been writing due to a very busy schedule. I’ll be back soon.

52 thoughts on “From Fret to Regret

  1. Enjoyed this one…and thanks for hosting, Kim. A great word for a quadrille.
    Your post reminds me of meeting my college roomate my freshman year….she brought her guitar, huge record collection and a record player….way too many clothes for our tiny room and I knew we would not be very simpatico when she announced, I’m only here in college to appease my folks. I’ll take voice lessons with my regular classes. I plan to make it to London next year with my guitar, and marry Paul McCartney. I kid you not!

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    1. Thank you, Lill! We just got back from my father-in-law’s funeral and I hope to open the pub on time this evening. When I left London to live in Germany as a teenager, I had a small suitcase, a record case full of albums, and my guitar! At the time, I was keen on Neil Young.

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  2. I am so sorry for your loss Kim, David’s father. I am glad to see you back – you have been missed. I love this teenaged passion of yours. My passion was the violin. The passions of our teen years that get put on the backburner due to making a living, being a parent….but I imagine you still give the old frets a run now and then!

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    1. Thank you, Toni. It’s been a long day. David’s eulogy went down well – he’d been practising every night. Since my stroke half a lifetime ago, my left hand doesn’t work properly, so I can’t play the guitar at all. I gave my Yamaha six-string away some years ago. I’m not back completely, though, as my seasonal paid work has a deadline of 1st July and I have to keep at it. I’ll be glad when it’s over and done with and I can get back to writing full-time again.


  3. A fantastic quadrille, the real deal–would make a perfect example as a Q44 in the upcomimng dVerse Form book. My teen passion was writing; hard to make a living from; though as an actor it wasn’t much easier.

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  4. Wonderful poem Kim, excellent – but nothing should we regret. Your life sounds full. But I get it. I chased music for years. Played and sang with so many musicians on the journey. A few made it all the way, some didn’t make it outta their 20’s. Me, I got old, got memories, a wonderful family – and a 5-year-old grandson Alex (almost 6 PaPa) is what he reminds me. He is my rock star! You are damned cool Kim!

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  5. I have met Julian Bream, He was a friend of my father’s. Best lute player ever.You must have seen some great concerts in Cologne…although London was at its peak musically at that time too. Was wondering where you had disappeared to….sorry for your loss. A sad time for your family at the moment.

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    1. Meeting Julian Bream must have been interesting. I did see quite a few excellent concerts in Cologne – it was all a very long time ago! Thank you for your kind thoughts. I hope to be back to normal and writing every day 1st July.


  6. Beautifully crafted Kim, I like the telephone wires image and the rhyming couplet at the end. I have found that the guitar is easy to play badly and hard to play well!! JIM


  7. When we hear something beautiful, we want to be it, but in our love for it, it does become a part of us. I think of the lyric from the Preston Lovinggood song… “Now that I see you, I want to be you.” You strum words wonderfully! As for me I am a very expert accomplished guitar listener.


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