Michael Tu // THE VIOLA

Poor alto instrument

The lonely middle child

Shadowed by its older brother

and outperformed by the younger sister

 

You’re a heavy burden

Resting on my left shoulder

An empty, dry, wooden husk

The butt of every joke

 

People hate you

They jest, “What’s the difference between

a coffin and a viola?

 

In a coffin, the dead person

is on the inside”

 

And yet

Even with the teasing

And taunting and trouble times

I still find your mellow cries

Staggeringly beautiful

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