Tonight

13 Apr

Hushed
The house goes dim
Music begins to play
.
Then
One-by-one, black-and-white,
Black-and-white,
Blouse, skirt, suit, tie,
Performers take the stage
.
The light glows bright.
Young mouths open
In song,
Letting go
All the tones,
All the shapes
Of all the words,
All the consonants
And all the open vowels
They’ve been taught,
All they’ve discovered
Together themselves
.
And all the families
In our seats
Beam
Burst
In every row someone
Holding just one hand
Over one mouth,
Now open, too,
In
Empathy
Or awe
.
At how our children,
How our children’s voices
From year to year
Grow.
.
Yes, they fidget
and someone in the front row
Is always fixing his shirt,
But their voices
Blend. Their confidence
Soars. And we hear them.
We see them. They are
A choir now.
.

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One Response to “Tonight”

  1. Sharmili M April 13, 2016 at 10:32 pm #

    Yay! Hope you took some video!

    Sharmili Majmudar

    Pooling resources does make a difference – http://www.crossroadsfund.org On Apr 13, 2016 10:22 PM, “Are you the babysitter?” wrote:

    > RoiAnn posted: “Hushed The house goes dim Music begins to play . Then > One-by-one, black-and-white, Black-and-white, Blouse, skirt, suit, tie, > Performers take the stage . The light glows bright. Young mouths open In > song, Letting go All the tones, All the shapes Of all th” >

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