“Let human voices rise”

Let human voices rise—and shriller tones
To mark the times of danger from the skies:
Amid the harpers’ instruments and drums,
A low but sharp and penetrating hum
Accompanies what passes for a hymn,
And from one solitary golden throat
A sound, unearthly-pure in resonance
Out-paces even highest treble tones
To tell the hopeful, yet so tragic saga
That the chorus-leader has prescribed.

This is something of a “filk,” aiming to evoke a scene from Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey—which has been on my mind because the Harper Hall trilogy is the next item on my list of books everyone ought to read, so I’m supposed to be writing a quasi-review.

As always, I earnestly welcome your comments, suggestions (perhaps of a real title for this poem?), questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. If you liked this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday, or read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (starting with those linked from one of the “archive ” installments, since the full archive is by now, at over two hundred poems, somewhat daunting); I’d especially like to know, as part of my preparations for a collection, which poems you think are my best. You may also share it with others, subject to my sharing policy.

This is also archived on my wiki.


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