Song "She sang a song without any questions, full of color and joy" -Elisa Kleven It isn't easy to sing that way, since song suggests word and all words can be questions. And she was not naïve. She wasn't singing without knowing why we worry about any joy asking us to accept it without inquisition. And yet her song seemed satisfied to suggest its colors proved how natural it also is to sing. Rainbows are real: though no more believable than killing storms, no less so, either. Her singing said suspend your doubts, breathe in belief, make your very listening a prayer of thanks someone can still sing this way, and you will co-create these colors, join this joy.
Joe Benevento’s work has appeared in almost three hundred publications, including Bilingual Review, U.S. Catholic, Dappled Things and Poets & Writers. He has had fourteen books of poetry and prose published, including: Expecting Songbirds: Selected Poems, 1983-2015. He teaches creative writing and American literature at Truman State University.