love songs between balconies by Anna Leader

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love songs between balconies By Anna Leader ‘18 After a recital by Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton in german there is little difference between love and song lieb — lied tonight she sings of love; woods and field make world: wald — feld — welt she sings a world of woods and field, garden scenes where she is both and neither lover, a caryatid composed on the piano’s curved balcony, four strings of stars glitter on wrists and shoulders down in the garden we watch her watching, we are silent as she sings someone else’s balcony serenade: love will last, love will last long, love will last as long as her last note—————— her eyes keep searching toward the higher balcony, the stars behind the silent heads in a sky she cannot see what was not yet silence becomes silent at a moment no one can identify.