Violin 1/4 Size

Violin, ¼ Size


I ask to borrow a violin.

The walleyed librarian looks skeptical.

She looks from me to my three-year-old

daughter dancing foot to foot,

pointing with grubby fingers.


I think of lying—

It’s for me.

Never too late!

but smile seriously,

She’ll be heavily supervised.


The librarian attempts to roll

her recalcitrant eyes,

heaves an Atlean sigh—

I’ll see if we have any left in her size.

They’re pretty popular right now.


With school starting, right?

I venture, not knowing where to look.

Now on the hook for damages,

I hand the triangular case to my girl,

who promptly drops it.


Jordan Trethewey


Jordan Trethewey is the author of four books of poetry, including "Spirits for Sale" (Pski's Porch Publishing), and the forthcoming "Unexpected Mergers" (Pski's Porch Publishing). He lives and works in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Some of his poetry, fiction, and non-fiction inhabits on-line publications such as Burning House Press, Visual Verse, Carpe Arte Journal, Fishbowl Press, The Blue Nib, Red Fez, Anti-Heron Chic, Sheila-Na Gig Editions, Drunk Monkeys, and Spillwords.  Jordan is an editor at,, and His poetry is translated in Vietnamese and Farsi. To see more of his work, visit:

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