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First Line: At her junior high school graduation,
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Songs

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.
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.
doesn't miss a beat, keeps
in time, in tune, while into
our common silence I whisper,
Sing, love, sing your heart out!

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