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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.


Rita Dove

If you can’t be free……. be a mystery.

Hope all is well family,



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