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be specific

            on listening to "Yama"

She asked me what the song
did for me

“Be specific” she said

I tell her Lee Morgan
wrote this song
for someone he loved
& let get away

I try to explain to her
how the blues can be
happy
how they can bring
comfort

I try to give words
to how a song can
crawl up inside you
 shine a light
on something
forgotten & make it
live again

Credit


From Blood/Sound (Central Square Press, 2019). Copyright © 2019 by Fred L. Joiner. Used with the permission of the author.

Author


Fred L. Joiner

Fred L. Joiner received an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. In 2019, Joiner was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. He is the co-founder of The Center for Poetic Thought in Washington, D.C. and currently serves as the poet laureate of the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina.

Date Published: 2019-08-29

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/be-specific