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ACHROMATIC BLACK

 

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A hueless color
Completely absorbing visible light
It’s why I wear only black
Born in the wrong century
Incorrect body size
It’s why, despite the breakdown
Of facial skin beginning to fossilize
I Amy-Winehouse my eyes
Disguise my hands with black lace
Goth Granny needing moonlight
Bathing me in a silvery beauty
Short and going dumpy
No longer a cutie
But hey, I’m alive
But hey, I’m self-propelling
But hey, I’m happy in my
Quirky feminist way
It’s a new day
And we Baby Boomers
Who cannot afford cosmetic surgery
Sneer at botox and chin lifts
Avoiding mirrors during the day
But hey, we’ve got the secret of youth:
Classic Rock
And like Jagger sang
I’ll paint it black
And like Amy sang
I go back to black
Now I’m off to sing and play
Songs about glorious black
Creating a memorable sound track
As another birthday approaches…

(c) 2019 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
IMAGE: Amy Winehouse

 

 

 

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AMY WINEHOUSE EYES: BACK TO BLACK (Another Poem On Aging)

 

(Scroll down for YouTube video)

 

“Don’t wear dark eye makeup”

“Don’t dye your hair black”

Talking mouths and

Typing fingertips

Presume to tell the

So-called “elderly”

How to age gracefully

 

Who’s to say

If Amy lived

To turn sixty

That someday

The raven hair

And dramatic liner

Wouldn’t still be there?

 

This Boomer’s sick of advice…

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Amy Winehouse

 

YouTube video Back to Black (my favorite Amy song):  https://youtu.be/TJAfLE39ZZ8

BLACK & BLUE

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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