By: Steve Fite
Sang until her voice hurt. Used to beg church to stay later so she could teach herself piano.
Taught her older sisters to sing harmony like the Carters and sang so soulfully that grown adults wept.
Moved to the city to make it big. Bought her own piano. Met a husband. Had kids.
Sold her piano in the divorce.
Worked nights while her kids grew up.
After they’d flown away, she opened her voice to sing.
There was no voice.
Did the muscles wither from not being exercised?
Or did the songs fly away, too; never to be found again…