The fuzz of the turntable spills like a waterfall.
As the guitar topples from the speakers,
I feel the vibrations and think
“this must be what it’s like in the womb.”
A pause in the record cues my ice cubes to shift
then clink to the bottom of the glass
sending an echo through the room
and revealing its emptiness.
While Muddy Waters once again pours his emotions from the pressed vinyl,
I shift back to my own blues and that age old adage about love,
that distance makes the heart grow fonder.
Or is it, distance makes the heart grow bitter?
Distance makes the heart go wonder?
Chris McNamee is the writer and photographer for lettersfromafar.net and author of Love, Lust & The Last Resort. He has appeared in Hamilton Magazine, Chapter One, The Hamilton Spectator, The Cootes Paradise Writers Anthology and received honorable mention for the 2018 Short Works Prize. McNamee currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario.