Main Entry: sot·to vo·ce

Pronunciation: "sä-tO-'vO-chE
Function: adverb or adjective
Etymology: Italian sottovoce, literally, under the voice
1 : under the breath : in an undertone; also : in a private manner
2 : very softly -- used as a direction in music

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

secret | audio poem & photograph

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three tangly trees
photography by owen hartford

poem by sadi ranson-polizzotti


It’s not what you think:
The smile deceives – a thief.
It brushes against, holds
While the other hand
Palms the bright blade.

Do not be deceived.
Such saccharine lips, they
Conceal the sharp cry;
Shattered eye, salt wet
The heart’s deluge.

It drowns the breath.
Last beat, certain death.

It is over.