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DUET FOR SOLO VOICE
Barry Ergang
 
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The heart sings the music of the soul inside--
once harmony, now dissonant refrain:
within the aching hollow, dreams abide.

I revere you with a fervid kind of pride;
you're that purest note I've striven to attain.
The heart sings the music of the soul inside.

We attuned, became duet, intensified--
then stage fright struck; you fled. Here I remain
within the aching. Hollow dreams abide:

each hope a rose with thorns arrayed, allied
to pierce the ardent singer's breast; to drain
the music from the heart of the soul. Inside,

unfinished scores and memories deride,
discordant phantoms shriek to entertain
within the aching hollow. Dreams abide,

an orchestra unled, bereft of guide.
Commingling sun and sorrow, bliss and rain,
the heart sings the music of the soul inside
the aching hollow, where lost dreams abide.

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"Hear My Song" by Patse Hemsley

Originally published in Tucumcari Literary Review, Issue 89, November/December 1998

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Barry Ergang has had poetry, fiction and non-fiction published in a variety of publications, including The Listening Eye, Maelstrom, Stereophile, Barbaric Yawp, Lucid Moon, and Quality Paperback Book Club Presents The World's Best Shortest Stories. He works full-time in the high-end audio/video retail business.

E-mail Barry Ergang at
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