Thursday, February 09, 2012

Your Voice



author's note:

Aren't we all singers?


YOUR VOICE

I can hear how
your voice has changed

as your life has changed:


when you were a girl
that sweet instrument
spawned butterflies

but apparently
a piccolo can also
work as a shovel:

as you continued to sing
you began to delve--
with each song
with each note
just a little deeper
down...

instinctively at first
then awakening
as you began to sense
something down there--
something faintly echoing
the gold of your voice.

Yet you still can't explain
why you feel so driven--

do you burn because
whatever it is
always seems
just out of reach--?--

yet just within reach.


All I can say for certain
is what anyone who's ever really heard you
says with certainty:

you were born to burn with that deep need.


Whatever the reason
you have no choice now
but to keep on
with your mining song--

how could you stop?--
even if you closed your mouth
you could not close your heart.

Nor can I close mine
having heard:
no matter where I go
I hear you...


deeply, more deeply now.

© 2012, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology

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