Shine, My Heart, My Violinist!: A Poetic Journey

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Sarah J. Heidelberg

Published Date: February 11, 2023
Pages: 32

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When it came to selecting an instrument to play, 8-year-old, Shine, chose violin. In the book, the girl who once proficiently and beautifully played strings, takes a 15-year hiatus to the dismay of her only living parent, her father Mel. "All it takes it practice," he urges. But she would rather sing than play violin. This poem reminisces on her past performances and "dinner and accolades"as well as the sadness that emerges from the silence between father and daughter. In learning that her father has heart disease, she hopes that by playing violin for her father again, she can "massage failing hearts to stringendo." She looks to the Creator as the originator of music set to the "thousand trumpets" sounding in the stethoscope of God's heart and comes to the realization that music therefore "transcends race." Take the journey with Shine and her father back to "hallow wooden stills of curvaceous instruments held gingerly by 10-year-old hands." You won't soon forget it.

Sarah J. Heidelberg

In 2010, AALBC featured Sarah J Heidelberg with a positive review of Chris Hayden calling her “A right poet for the new millennium” and in praise of her first book of poetry entitled “Phenomenally Me”, he wrote, “To the list of love’s acolytes… add Sarah J Heidelberg!” Her father, Veteran Melvin Heidelberg Sr., passed away on December 1, 2020, yet his memory has not faded. Sarah looks forward to seeing him and her mother, Jane who preceded him (1994), again in the earthly resurrection. “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29)


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