Blues 5-For Amy

There is a voice that howls among the horns
more brazen, that among the strings sings clear
along their line. Sometimes, you stop and hear
a music that is both the rose and thorn

the light and dark, the clear air and the smoke,
the silk and rasp. And you cannot divide
one from the other. Each one nests inside
that voice, inhabits it. It wears their yoke

is hurt by both the innocence and guilt
and has them as its essence. So be glad
you got to hear that music, and be sad
when the musician dies. When flowers wilt

we do not blame them. Listen to each song
– she lives in those, whatever else was wrong.


About rozkaveney

Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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11 Responses to

  1. laplor says:

    Beautiful, and so fast after the news broke.

    Thank you for this.

  2. arkessian says:

    Thank you for saying this so beautifully.

  3. minnesattva says:

    Yes! Yes. Thank you.

  4. lnhammer says:


    (Though, having translated what probably counts as too much Japanese poetry lately, actually, yes we do sometimes blame the flower for wilting, and the cherry blossoms for scattering.)


  5. Roz, this is beautiful. Would that you had not had to write it.

  6. debg says:

    Fuck yes. But watching the derailment, when you know what the cost will be and you can do precisely fuck all to prevent it, still hurts like blazes.

  7. shelleybear says:

    Okay, if anyone can come up with a better epitaph for Amy Winehouse I’d be surprised:
    Tyrell: The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long – and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy. Look at you: you’re the Prodigal Son; you’re quite a prize!
    Batty: I’ve done… questionable things.
    Tyrell: Also extraordinary things; revel in your time.


  8. likethewatch says:

    That was lovely, and appreciated amid the netizens scoffing at applying “tragic” to her death. I particularly like the closing couplet.

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