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Siobhán Barry-Bratcher


Buddy Holly,
I read,
Used to stroll Washington Square
Teaching chords
To guitar players in the park.
I wish I could change his history
The way he changed ours
So, I watch “The Buddy Holly Story”
Over and again
Waiting for a different ending
One where I get to see him grow up
But instead it always ends with me
Looking for the future
In the neck of a guitar

© by Siobhán Barry-Bratcher
Used with the author's permission.



Siobhan Barry-Bratcher is a writer and musician whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. In addition to poetry, she writes short stories, plays, creative nonfiction, reality show recaps, and research articles. Two of Siobhan's short stories, "Pigtown Two-Step" and "World Without End," received Honorable Mention in contests sponsored by the literary journal Glimmer Train. She was also selected as a semi-finalist for her short story, "World Without End," in the 2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition. Siobhan currently writes on and is also hard at work writing episodes for her podcast, “Grandma’s Been There,” which will launch in the fall of 2024.




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Very moving. Yes, he died so young! Jancan
Posted 09/08/2018 09:17 AM
I remember dancing to Buddy Holly. We were crazy about his music. Thank you for sharing your moving poem.
Posted 09/07/2018 11:10 PM
Well done, poignant poem. So many. 'endings' I wish I could change play nightly in my brain...
Posted 09/07/2018 08:38 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
A moving and well wrought poem.
Posted 09/07/2018 08:13 PM
Dorothy WildhagenD:
Has a lot of impact. Change your instrument.
Posted 09/07/2018 11:12 AM
Lovely poetry on an unusual subject. She writes with such heart. I admire her style. Yes, thank God for this sweet person gone so early.
Posted 09/07/2018 10:24 AM
I like what this poem says!!
Posted 09/07/2018 10:17 AM
Siobhan :
Thanks, Michael. His stuff was so pure, and happy, and innocent. So hard to imagine the attitude a lot of older people took toward this new "dangerous" form of music back then. I think every aspiring young rock and roll player should start off by learning some of his songs.
Posted 09/07/2018 09:33 AM
Well stated Siobhan. I remember Buddy, and to this day rejoice in the gift of his music. Thank you.
Posted 09/07/2018 09:26 AM

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