A/N: This is a rondeau, but fictionpress disagrees with my formatting. In an effort to maintain the integrity of the piece, I've used ellipses for indentations. Three is one tab, six is two. -CD

Reticent Refrain: a Rondeau

I'll bring you more than a song
for a song in itself is not what you have required

--Delerious

I have no voice worth anything

The simple truth: I cannot sing

...Believe me when I tell you, dear

...The deaf rejoice they cannot hear

The harsh cacophony I bring

This tragedy has drawn my tears

I've cried against the God I fear

..."You'll never hear the praise I bring"

......I have no voice

I long to give a song its wings

Within me, the vibrations ring

...As He answers, soft, sincere

..."I took your voice to train your ear"

So with my life, my dance, I'll sing

......Though I've no voice