Bravura

It hits straight, oh that part of your brain
Where sentimentality hides,
When you listen to Don McLean
Or perhaps to a John Denver hit
Because those two don’t just offer a song,
They give a poem a rhythm.

They sing emotions,
Translate feelings
About Vincent or a certain American Pie,
Or Annie and West Virginia–
Creating a harmony of memories
Where the audience is the heart.

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