Miz Quickly’s 15 August

Summertime 1969

We just called her Janis. She was
rough water, and she made every
summertime after I heard her rasping
birdsong voice a return to my youth.

She had a course edge that on a turn
went drowsy and flushed, rock and
rhyme. It made us stoney and wild
as an angel’s trumpet, or a breath

of disorderly air. Notes came smooth
as polished jade. That first word of
her Summertime, was serrated and
saw-toothed. She set the air in motion.

Her life was a passing breeze, and
she faltered on the thinness of ice.

For Miz Quickly’s “Summertime” 15 August. Shared with @Experimentsinfc #APoemADay on Twitter ย  ยฉMisky 2021

14 responses to “Miz Quickly’s 15 August”

  1. Oh them wuz da daze, eh? This poem takes a little piece of my heart. I mean, a lot of today’s artists are good, but there’ll never be another Janis…

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    1. True. It tugs at mine, too. She was a cultural change, not just a change in music.

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  2. A lovely tribute to JJ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜

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  3. A true legend and a fitting tribute!

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  4. Ah, “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Mercedes Benz” Loved her gravelly voice. You really did her justice here.

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  5. There is an art to singing a folksy ballad…

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  6. Excellent tribute and my favorite song of hers.

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    1. It really is a great song ๐ŸŽถ

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  7. oh, this is breathtaking. She was on my mind today as well. Synchronicity.

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    1. Love that synchronicity stuff ๐Ÿ˜†

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