Singing soprano


San-ctus, squeak, squeak, lip synch,
sing sing sing sing.
Pretty bit.
Alarm, alarm:
top A on the way!
Ho-san-na in ex-cel-sis.

O lip synch, squeak, squeak,
squeak squeak
sing sing sing
sing sing sing sing Amen.

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Rachel McAlpine



One night I shall despise him but this night
he is the great white tame hawk
perched beating at my teeth.

He is the scimitar I carry trembling
down the cliff of my sleep.

One day I shall be ashamed.
I shall speak.


Rachel McAlpine

(Title is same as the title of a short story by Katherine Mansfield that inspired this poem.)