Month: October 2015

BLACK & BLUE

janis-joplin-amy-winehouse

One day I cried out

To the Cosmic Jester

“I’ll trade my brains for beauty!”

Shocked myself

Aging feminist that I am

Thought of women I admire

Thought of Amy Winehouse

Thought of Janis Joplin

Beautiful women

But imperfect

Amy, Janis, were you

Willing to sacrifice

Your talent for perfect beauty?

Is that why you left the world of

Mirrors

Objects merely reflecting

Surface light waves

Not truth

To your anguished eyes?

What beholder are we talking about

When we repeat the old aphorism?

Who truly sees our beauty?

Is it give me beauty or give me

Death

Depression

Drugs

Alcohol

Eating disorders…?

© Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

(Back to Black, Amy Winehouse/Kozmic Blues, Janis Joplin)

https://youtu.be/TJAfLE39ZZ8

https://youtu.be/Qg0UyCPmksQ

IMAGE: Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse www.comicbookandmoviereviews.com

SPELLING

screamin jay hawkins

Screamin’ Jay’s operatic sexuality

Nina’s deep contralto of pain

Fogerty’s spooky guitar vibrato

Repeatedly playing

How many versions owned?

In our minds an echo

As we cast a synchronous spell

And they collide

Then weave into a bow

So perfectly knotting us together

Into a welcome tether…

© 2015 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (Music & Lyrics: I Put A Spell On You)

3 of my favorite versions:

https://youtu.be/PwXai-sgM-s

https://youtu.be/ua2k52n_Bvw

https://youtu.be/xeXqtzusIU0

MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT DELIGHT

nowhere man sheet music in fog

A melancholy two ante meridiem

Dog-stressed

Waning Moon

Mercury magnetizing the universe

Spinning backwards in retrograde

No relief from

Reading, games, social media

Grab my ukulele and try playing

Nowhere Man for the first time

Lack of talent doesn’t discourage me

Because the top-of-the-head-blowing-off feeling

Disappears

As the Beatles’

Long-ago words and melody

Tranquilize the jittery soul

Of this Somewhere Woman

I am…

And I rock…

© 2015 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Nowhere Man in the fog