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Song

Song

At her Junior High School graduation,
She sings alone
In front of the lot of us

Her voice soprano, surprising,
Almost a woman’s. It is
The Our Father in French,

The new language
Making her strange, out there,
Fully fledged and

Ready for anything. Sitting
Together her separated
Mother and father we can

Hear the racket of traffic
Shaking the main streets
Of Jersey City as she sings

Deliver us from evil,
And I wonder can she see me
In the dark here, years

From belief, on the edge
Of tears. It doesn’t matter. She
Doesn’t miss a beat, keeps

In time, in tune, while into
Our common silence I whisper,
Sing, love, sing your heart out!



Poem Song - Eamon Grennan
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