A Ballad Cantata For Audrey Kessedjian


Audrey Kessedjian

Audrey Kessedjian

I find myself alone at midnight, outside
And find a living heart beating on the ground
Pathetic and alone, I kneel at its side
It makes a pitiful almost crying sound

It sings in its blood of a loss vast and wide
“Tell me who lost you?” I ask at last
But the heart keeps beating, its pain contagious
I feel the sensation reach my own chest

Then I feel the void as I am somehow less
It is my own heart ripped from my living breast
I reach for the lost organ to take it back
But it is a phantom, the ground is empty

My chest is hollow, I am an empty sack
The night is cold, and no warm blood fills me
I look around and my feet have left no tracks
Pale glowing fog illuminates where I am

I hear then a voice in the thick fog, distant
Song of deep longing, breaking waves on a dam
Urging me to embrace, to run, but I can’t
I am too weak to move so much as a gram

I am frozen by the sound of that remote voice
Then… whisper in my ear, beating of my heart
I can breathe, a woman’s fingers in gentle noise
With vocal touch have caressed me to a start
To hear Audrey Kessedjian…then die in poise.

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