JusJoJan: Play for the Devil

Play for me, said he
Play for me well and I will set you free.

Tired was she of forever practicing scales
Tired was she of the crowd and their appreciative hails.
Tired was she of forever moving on to the next town.
Tired was she of having no roots, and never settling down.

Play for me, said he
Play for me well and I will set you free

Stunningly beautiful was she,
The top of her profession she was set to be.
Acclaimed and always the star of the show
The world at her feet up was the way she would go.

Play for me, said he
Play for me well and I will set you free.

Tempted, tempted was she
By dark cloaked figure who promised to set her free.
What would you want as payment she demanded to know
What would it cost to rest, from her shoulder’s this mantle to throw.

Play for me, said he
Play for me well and I will set you free.

What is your freedom worth to me
Let me think this over very carefully.
A moments silence then he said with a sneer.
Your talent young lady your nimble fingers my dear.

Play for me, said he
Play for well and I will set you free

Closing her eyes she thought for a while
The idea of freedom filled her head and made her smile.
I shall do it, I shall do it cried she
For she longed to be normal,she longed to be free.

Play for me, said he
Play for me well and I will set you free.

Fine he said as he took her violin and her bow.
He touched her hands and head then he bid her to go.
Of a sudden she was fearful, yet why she did not know.

Play for me, said he
Play for me well and l will set you free

I can’t, I can’t cried she
What have you done,what have you done to me.
Nothing that you did not ask me to do
Beware what you wish for, in case it comes true.



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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 23:59:10

    Be careful what you wish for indeed. As a musician who has temporarily set aside that form of expression, I can’t imagine giving it up permanently. On the other hand, even though there was a period of time where music was my job, it never was the all-consuming life that a concert performer has to endure.

    This poem really shakes up the idea of seeing our gifts as a treasure or a burden, and the importance of finding balance between what we’re good at and how much of it we try to fit into the time we have. At least, those are my initial thoughts.


    • willowdot21
      Jan 21, 2014 @ 07:33:59

      Yes I completely agree the old saying is right. I have always been fascinated by people with a great talent and how some just seem to abuse it. Never having had any special talent to speak of I have always been acutely aware of those who have.
      The idea of a trade off with the devil is a scary one. The talented person is no match for his wily evil ways.
      On the down to earth every day side of things yes it is all balance. I think so many talented people lose this balance and let it run their lives to the exclusion of all else. Yes I think you understand the poem well, as a poem it is open to many varied interpretations. Bless you Deborah and keep well . Hugs xx


  2. penpusherpen
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 10:42:25

    Temptation, The Devil knows only too well the success of sugared words of promise, with the hard centre of truth hidden within. Loved the read of this Sweet Willow. Warmest of hugs xPenx


    • willowdot21
      Jan 21, 2014 @ 10:59:24

      Thanks Pen it an old but very true saying\ proverb : Be careful what you wish for it may come true. What we think we want often is not what we need and as you say often comes with at the very least a hard center. Beware that silky voice 😉 xxx


  3. Brenda
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 13:42:52

    Talent is like a cage, with lots of pressure always to keep up and perform, never slacken, never show a crack, the show must go on. I guess it would be like dancing with the devil. Not that I would know. LOL Love the poem, Willow. Came looking for your American Haiku, let me know when it’s up… Cheers, Brenda


  4. LindaGHill
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 21:36:51

    Very lyrical, my dear. 🙂 Your ability to rhyme, seemingly effortlessly, always amazes me.


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