BEING ALTO

BEING ALTO

(with apologies to my soprano friends)

You read music. Good. Sing alto.

 ~My junior high chorus teacher

 

My flute, silver bell,

white-throated sparrow

ready to soar–

grounded.

 

But what do sopranos

know of harmonies

needed and given,

composer’s confidence?

 

Striding around the repertory

I’ve learned to hold the form,

tune to the root,

listen hard for the inner voice.

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