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Poem for Nina Simone




who played
the black and white keys,
the piano, the only friend of a lonely, dreamy, fervent
child from across the tracks.
grew prophetic, classical,
little, lilted and black
yet she couldn’t strike back,
a husband who pretended to love her
with a mean hitting hand,

sought to ease her sorrow
looking with improvisation
for tomorrow.
Turbulence shackled her shoulders, her soul
and at corners she circled not knowing
which way to go,
raging, performing, shining on and on,
stage to stage,

stairs up and down,
the days of lights, laughter, and neighbors
and inky-deep indigo nights,


played and traveled and looked for a home.
We bid you only comfort, dearest,
darling with your righteous fingers

did what she could.
Sail on, ebony goddess, you are
forever bound in our endearments, twinkling
you settle, settle,
settled down
among the clouds of the comforting place
where you are
free, free, free.
Free to just be.


Copyright © 2016 by Susan E. Rowland


I made it this far and plan to keep going. I believe nature heals the soul. I love to journal, to write, do art, and music. I'm not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Solar-powered & drive hybrid. Trying to do my part. Earned my BA at 53. And, I believe, it's never too late to have a happy childhood.

4 thoughts on “Poem for Nina Simone

  1. Susan, exquisite poetry. Fine and beautiful even expressing loneliness and cruelty, like the woman Nina Simone. I love your images ” inky-deep indigo” and “at corners she circled”.

  2. I so appreciate your comments. I was hoping this didn’t leave the reader down or depressed. Sometimes the most talented people have such serious challenges. Writing about creative people is tricky. I’m finding poetry is an immediate way to express what I feel. I re-worked it for days. ❤

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