Amazing Grace

I had to sing your song for the audition
“how sweet the sound” my voice began to shake

Isn’t that called vibrato?
Yes, I tell myself and recite the lyrics

Music soothing to my ears
with a taste sweet on my tongue

I think of later when I’ll be alone
safe from curious onlookers

makeup can run down my face
no longer able to hold back the sorrow I work so hard to conceal

I find my way to the end
and sing with only a hint of quiver in my voice “now I see”