A Letter To Bessie Smith


Dear Empress of the Blues:

Life is sometimes sweetness
Only the wind from the trees
Can ease this feeling I feel

"Mama’s got the Blues!"

I am in the mindset of this madness
Wishing the easiness of life would
Make me as passionate as young lovers

"T'aint Nobody’s business if I Do!"

I see through the window glass
A pathway deep in my soul
A place where my heart could rest

"If I go to church on Sunday
I then just shimmy down on Monday!"

I know now, experience teaches.
So be it your choice,
I need you back in my life.

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