THE BEAUTIFUL GIRL WITH THE UGLY VOICE

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She’s beautiful, and would be my choice;

She’s beautiful, but I hesitate by that ugly voice.

How often do we experience the soul?

I do. When I look at a woman who is beautiful.

But then, I draw near, and before the soul makes a choice,

I listen to the soul—in the fearful particulars in the voice.

I know that sometimes the beautiful is a trick

To make use of me, to eat me, to kill me with a decorated stick.

The vines winding around the tree are snakes

And after the lovemaking the soul in terror wakes.

After the love flashes in the eye

The hand with the knife reaches around and you die.

The weeping love, the poem whispered in sorrow,

Is forgotten in laughter when I’m murdered tomorrow.

What is the soul? The soul is not the chosen, but the choice.

Who are you? That music. Where is it? What happened to your voice?

 

 

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13 Comments

  1. noochinator said,

    February 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Do you find it endearing, or kin to infection,
    When she ends ev’ry phrase with an uptalk inflection?

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 2, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      The smile, the shine, the smoothness of the walk!
      And then…oh God…she began to talk…

    • David Bittner said,

      February 3, 2018 at 2:34 am

      Nooch, I tried to send you this reply a couple of hours ago, but must have hit the wrong key or something. Anyway, I lost it. I’m going to try again. I just thought you’d get a kick out of Patrick Dennis’s description, in his 1962 novel, “Genius,” of a character named ‘Modesta Lee Drain Priddy,” an aging southern belle. “Miz” Priddy [quote marks mine] and her husband, a retired college professor, are neighbors of Patrick Dennis and his wife in a section of Mexico City where a lot of Americans live. The Dennises have gone there for a long working vacation. Anyway, Dennis says Miz Priddy “has that irritating, coy mannerism, affected by some Southern women of making every statement a question by means of a vocal inflection at the end of each sentence. “Ah come from Corinth, Tennessee? My family were all Drains?” Drains is right! [This is Dennis, the narrator, speaking again] I suspect the device is intended to inquire as to whether we comprehend and appreciate the importance of each dreary pronouncement. We do. She is also, if you can bear to listen closely, a little hotbed of prejudices. Jews displease her except in Israel (“Wheah they belong?”), dancing quaint traditional horrahs. Save for such picturesque rites as saint’s day processions in full costume, Miz Priddy recognizes no current values in the Catholic Church. The merest mention of the American Negro is enough to erase her cast-iron dimples, although Negroes qualify for occasional roles of quaint folksiness in her tales of native Dixie. (Dennis has explained previously that Miz Priddy lives in pursuit of “quaintness.”) The Priddys appear in some more scenes throughout the novel and Miz Pridy is always shown making her statements into questions. Now I’ll try to send this. D.B.

      • David Bittner said,

        February 3, 2018 at 3:06 am

        It worked this time! Eureka! I just have two more tidbits to add. First, this reminds me that many people used to say, when the use of the ambiguous title, “Ms,” began in the 1960s, that it would never catch on because it was the same way blacks and southerners already pronounced the title, “Mrs.” But, looking back now, it has pretty much worked.
        Second, Nooch, I saw that in one of your posts, you used the expression, “must needs be.” I know I’ve seen it before, but in only one place, and I think maybe in some place like a famous official document, or maybe it’s a Britishism. Can you enlighten me on this? Good night! David B.

      • noochinator said,

        February 3, 2018 at 7:38 pm

        I live in Maryland, and I often encounter people (usually black) who address me as “Mr. Robert” or “Mr. Bob” — I think it’s their way of being formal without being too formal.

        The novel Genius looks to be a fun read!

      • noochinator said,

        February 19, 2018 at 9:45 pm

        David, I’m half-way through Patrick Dennis’s 1962 novel GENIUS that you recommended, and it’s wonderful! I’d love if you could do a piece on your favorite “unknown” novels.

  2. Mellissa said,

    June 26, 2017 at 7:35 am

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    • noochinator said,

      June 26, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Awesome! Thanks so much, Mell!

  3. thomasbrady said,

    June 26, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Mellissa that is so cool! Just …wow!

    • David Bittner said,

      January 28, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      I can say this now that she is no longer with us, but I thought that the actress Suzanne Pleshette was a beautiful woman but with a voice that was unbecomingly low. I wonder if smoking was the problem. That’s how Lucille Ball ruined her once pretty voice. David Bittner

  4. January 28, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    I’m strangely attracted to women with the old cigarette growl. I’ve always found they grasp the art of fellatio more so than non-smokers.


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