The Choir Girl

The Choir Girl  (1928) 
by Robert Ervin Howard

Sent in a letter to his friend Tevis Clyde Smith around March 1928. First published in The Last of the Trunk Och Brev I Urval, 2007.

I have a saintly voice, the people say;
   With Elder Blank I send the music winging—
   I smile and compliment him on his singing—
By God, I'd rather hear a jackass bray.
   I nod and smile to all the pious sisters—
   I wish their rears were stung with seven blisters.
That youthful minister, so straight and slim—
I'd trade my soul for one long night with him.

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