The blue guitar

Sometimes, I get remarks about my guitar. The fact that it is blue. The comments are always compliments as in,

“Such a pretty guitar. What a nice shade of blue.”

And I respond,

“I read a poem by Wallace Stevens once called the blue guitar. Google him, he was a famous poet, I think he was also a doctor. He wrote a poem about the blue guitar.”

This is actually not entirely accurate. It was William Carlos Williams who was the doctor and the poet. Wallace Stevens was an insurance lawyer and a poet.

And the poem is accurately titled, “The Man with the Blue Guitar”,¬† and an excerpt reads,

They said, “You have a blue guitar,
You do not play things as they are.”

The man replied, “Things as they are
Are changed upon the blue guitar.”

And this might help you understand why I play my guitar at the Gateway Arch at a Free Speech Zone (#13).

Because I want to change, in a positive way, things as they are. With my blue guitar.

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