Poems

Bob Milne

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What is a Musician?

What Is a Musician?

R. Milne © 1977


Does –

A musician earn a living

Making notes upon a horn?

Are they cultured, then, and learned,

Or is subtle how they’re born?

If some are better, some are worse,

And who are we to say

That a man who blew his heart out

Wasn’t good enough to play?

Do they sing? Or strum? Or think in terms

That set them off, apart?

Produce the rot the public buys,

Or too good to ever start?

Possess a sense of beauty

That is quite uniquely his?

Ah! The answer to the question goes –

A musician simply – “is.”