by Melanie Houle

Unsounded notes beneath the melody,
harsh undercurrents in the harmony:
these were the recurrent themes that set
the tone of our discordant history.
I'll rest in my own measure and reject
the push to replay, analyze, dissect
what's past, to modulate its stridency
or mute its dissonance in retrospect.

If I had improvised a sweeter sound,
retimed the tempo, turned the tune around,
the counterpoint would still have come out wrong;
my rhythm never would have fit your song.
The curtainâ's down, it's done. Now it's my choice
to orchestrate the rest in my own voice.

© 2007 by Melanie Houle



About the Author

Melanie Houle is a physician and former jeweler. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and The Raintown Review's first featured poet . Her poetry also appears in The Lyric, California Quarterly, The Aurorean, Neovictorian/ Cochlea, Tigerâ's Eye, Mobius, Pearl, Barefoot Muse, The HyperTexts, Journal of the American Medical Association and others.


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