Prompt: They say it’s your birthday. Write a birthday poem as if it is or write a poem in honor of someone who celebrates a birthday today, January 9. This poem celebrates Joan Baez, born this day in 1941.
Your voice, those songs
Who gave me the albums?
I played them until their vinyl was scratched and worn,
staccato pops punctuating soprano vocals.
My adolescent soprano mimicking yours,
singing, swaying, even sobbing once
in a while.
Plane Wreck at Los Gatos
There but for Fortune
All My Trials
Tales spinning as each record spun –
Worlds imagined, yet unimaginable.
What I didn’t know then of trials
I would learn – someday soon.