“Why I Wear My Hair Long” by Marilyn Kallet … as poem & as song

Kallet’s poem “Why I Wear My Hair Long” – a strong mix of imagery and form – has been set to music by Tom Cipullo as part of a song cyle, “How to Get Heat Without Fire”. Melanie Mitrano, a fabulous New York soprano, has revisited the score.

Marilyn Kallet

Why I Wear My Hair Long

I want to wrap it
around you
like a silk shirt

button it
slowly,
carefully,

facing you
let the fringes
tickle your hips

until we ride
strong silken horses
glued on

& my flag
unfurls
a few strands

sticking
to your
lips.

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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on July 30, 2011.

5 Responses to ““Why I Wear My Hair Long” by Marilyn Kallet … as poem & as song”

  1. I’m so honored to have this poem (and the music) highlighted here. Thanks, Sam! Melanie Mitrano sings this poem and others on her CD Baby website. The album is called “Songs in Transit: an American Expedition.” She’s amazing–
    Rock on!
    Marilyn

  2. Such a great piece of writing, Marilyn. And yes – the music to this poem works well.

  3. Marvelous, what a web site it is! This web site gives useful facts to us, keep it up.

  4. I leave a response when I especially enjoy a article on a website or I have something to contribute to the discussion.
    Usually it is a result of the fire communicated in the article I browsed.
    And after this post Why I Wear My Hair Long by Marilyn
    Kallet as poem & as song | sam of the ten thousand things.
    I was actually moved enough to drop a comment 😛 I actually do have 2 questions for you
    if you usually do not mind. Could it be only me or does it look as
    if like some of the comments look like they are coming
    from brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are
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  5. Marilyn’s work is a strong piece. Glad you enjoyed it. I do have a FB page and a twitter feed – witter.com/SamRasnake

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