Billie Holiday’s burned voice
had as many shadows as lights,
a mournful candelabra against a sleek piano
the gardenia her signature under that ruined face.
(Now you’re cooking, drummer to bass,
magic spoon, magic needle.
Take all day if you have to
with your mirror and your bracelet of song.)
Fact is, the invention of woman under siege
has been to sharpen love in the service of myth.
If you can’t be free, be a mystery.
If you can’t be free……. be a mystery.
Hope all is well family,