IDAHO – A Song For The Silent (Poetry Form 65: Canzone)

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May 17, 2012 by Sez

A canzone is a lot like a sonnet, but there aren’t quite as many rules, so you can mess about with the length and the rhyme scheme.

Canzone is Italian for song. This is a song in honour of the international day against homophobia and transphobia.


I’d like to sing a song for those unsung

The ones who do not march in the parade,

The hidden people, lonely and afraid

I’ll sing for those who dare not sing aloud.

The girl who’s known since she was very young

That she was not a boy, but dared not say

And looks at her reflection every day

And tells herself that one day she’ll be proud.

The frail old man whose soul is daily wrung

By terror that his nurses might uncover

The faded, yellow pictures of his lover

And knows that he would never be so cowed.

The teenage riot girl, whose pierced tongue

And steelcapped boots disguise a trembling heart

Each day at school she fears being torn apart

And so she stands aloof, avoids the crowd.

I’d like to sing a song for those who fear.

I’d like the ones who frighten them to hear.


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