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A Poem for Janis Joplin

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Janis Joplin – a Poem by Andrew Vinstra

They say she sang from her testicles,

so virile they sprung whole from her body

and hovered above her

like a setting sun, an ascendant moon

pushing and pulling like a loom

through the web of her hair that flows back

from her scalp like all the waters of the earth.

She sang from a tide as wide as the idea of penis

and pussy in harmony freefalling

together in a frictionless rhythm of oneness.

She rose on the exhaled breath constricted

from the squeal of love between mothers and daughters.

Above gravity’s pull of rage and shame

Janis levitates on a drawn note of pain.

Out of the chaos of a new birth of mourning

the feral child begins to wail.

When she starts in to moan

even the stars will cease their song.

47 years ago October 4 Janis died of a heroin overdose at 27 years old. Janis Joplin, whose voice is still stands out unique. She was able to communicate with her voice even when she used no words, just the sounds of an aching heart. She was the first female rock superstar. She opened the door way for all that followed her. She gave it her all and it remains so even to this day.

Rest Gently Sweet Pearl,
Cherokee Billie

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Comments on: "A Poem for Janis Joplin" (2)

  1. wow, that is some poem! I think it describes her perfectly, I like it!!

    Thanks Cherokee

    • A friend of mine wrote this many years ago. So glad you enjoyed the poem. Janis made a lasting impression on the world and will always be remembered. Many blessings, Cherokee Billie.

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