Winehouse

“We only said good-bye with words…”

Your own breath kept secret records of you
As life drowned under the roof of your name
Because everyone knew and no one knew.

When beauty wounded you, what could you do
But cut your vintage voice on vinyl shame?
For your own breath kept secret records of you.

Your walk in the lime light faded to blue;
Your eyes dove deep in the wreckage of fame
Because no one knew and everyone knew.

With jungle scripture, pronounced in tattoo,
You freed your fury through a camera frame.
But your own breath kept secret records of you.

Mon aimee! Mon chantant aimee! you
Wished for a life so rich and full of blame –
Because everyone knew and no one knew.

And what’s left of you? Silence burning through
Electric feedback; a whispering flame –
Because no one knew and everyone knew
Your own breath kept secret records of you.

1983-2011

Comments

  1. Jonathan Webb says:

    Thanks JOB.

  2. This is the most touching commentary on her death I’ve read yet.

    • Jonathan Potter says:

      I agree. Beautiful and haunting.

      • IC, JP,

        Thanks to both of you.

        I’m not really sure why her death touched me as it did. I found it waiting in the Sunday paper and it took my breath away.

        Perhaps it was the sense of wasted talent or the tang of what could have been….

        JOB

        • I do a lot of volunteering at the Winona Catholic Worker. Amy Winehouse may have had the mike and the voice, but I meet way too many unknown people whose talent and goodness are slowly destroyed by addictions. And many I cheer for who seem to be winning that fight. It hits a little close to home.

          • IC,

            Thanks for that.

            I hope it came across that this was not a “poem for a famous person” so much as a poem attempting to observe how famous persons can be swallowed up in the wake of their own fame.

            JOB

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