Willie Nelson playing Trigger (2)


Willie Nelson, an icon in the country music field, is growing old. The years of smoking pot are catching up with him. When he sings, he struggles to catch his breath for the next line.

He plays an old beat-up Martin guitar that he calls Trigger. It looks about as rugged as he does. A hole is worn through the body from his fingers scraping it as he picks out the melodies. Willie has a luthier who works on Trigger, gluing the cracks and keeping it playing. Willie says, “I’m going to keep on playing Trigger until one of us dies, and I think Trigger will outlast me.”

Now he is old and gray, and his guitar is much the same. He says, Everything I do is stitched with its color. Even the ashes falling from the end of my joint are gray!”


Watercolor Painting done today of Willie Nelson playing Trigger: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse Lisa gave us a Prosery challenge to write a 144 word story that included the following line:

Everything I do is stitched with its color. – from poet W.S. Merwin’s poem, “Separation

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50 thoughts on “Trigger

  1. I quite enjoyed the direction you took with your prompt and nice job with your painting. Sorry to hear Willie is struggling. I was fortunate to see him perform with his sons several years ago in San Diego. Great show! 🎶

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  2. Well done, Dwight. I really like your painting.

    I’m not a huge fan of country music, but some of the old greats like Willie Nelson are in a class by themselves. It’s a very different version of “Summertime” compared to how I’ve heard it performed by others.

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  3. I enjoyed seeing your post and the way you used your talents to express your perceptions of this interesting personality, the persona Willie Nelson has created. His guitar, Trigger, is certainly an extension of that persona with what I like to call ‘character’. There’s no bland sophistication to either of them. You captured that so well in your painting. I see so many ways ‘character’ is projected by people and human creations, observing this with fascination. Your post is a challenge well met.

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