Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April is Poetry #23 and #24

Last night, my dear husband and his age-mellowed guitar took it upon themselves to help me begin to learn to sing a song. A single song.  ONE.

We aren't going for "teaching me to sing." No. This is going to be like those beauty pageant contestants who create the illusion of vast talent by pouring tens of thousands of practice hours into three minutes.  At least that's what Mike says.  It can be done.

I have no idea what can be done. I don't even know what my real singing voice is because it's always throttled by fear.  I do best when I'm surrounded by deep, true voices in church, voices that I can lean on and hide behind.  Singing on my own is like being lost in a vast, foreign city---I can't read the signs, I only know I've made a wrong turn somewhere, and everyone is politely looking away from the panic in my eyes.

The song is Kasey Chamber's "If I Were You." The occasion is that I'm forty-nine today. Don't you think forty-nine is a fine age to finally learn to sing one song?

Fingers shift on frets
you easily hold my gaze
I am deaf to fear

Forty-nine reasons
to sing louder and longer
than each year before

I wish each of you love today, and a reason to sing.



  1. Darling friend, happy birthday.
    You sing more loudly through your very presence on this earth than you can ever know. ♥♥♥

    1. Thank you, Tanita. You write beautifully about the communities you sing with, which only increases my longing.

  2. Sara,
    I hope you find reasons to sing often. Happy Birthday to you! 49 is fine and 50 is divine too. The years we fret about are really just cause for a bit more celebration and singing too! ~ Theresa

    1. Thank you! Forty-nine is indeed fine. And I look forward to singing at 50. :)

  3. The first one is incredibly romantic. You've always been music to my ears. May your 49th year be noteworthy and harmonious :).

    1. Singing together IS romantic. And silly. And seriously fun.


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