Posted by: janetleigh | January 5, 2008

Eva

Poem collage of Eva Cassidy's Live at Blues Alley

I heard an angel sing –
my silver chord affirms
this; a voice so sweet
so pure, no crystal known
could ring as clear,
nor take the soul so far
from earth, or all the pain upon it.

This voice sang through –
this voice rang true –
country jazz or bluesy blues
she sang them all –
she paid her dues –
made strong men cry too.

I heard this angel sing –
my silver chord affirms
this; so-tall Georgia trees
abloom sunlit breeze
her bridge too far
for silver birds to fly,
her troubled waters all gone by.

I think willows weep now

sway mournfully, whisper
eva eva eva, we grow so high
to shade you so –
if only through the thicket
you once more would go.

I heard this angel sing –
my silver chord affirms
this; she knew misery
and merriness run through
man, yet had no bridge
across troubled waters – and
her courage – all women giving birth.

We’ll remember you as you sang us
through fields of barley

too.

These falling leaves drift past
my window, I hear you
in every color red green

and gold.

I swear, eva, if I had
a wonderful life to give you,
I could never weave one as fine
as you have done,
it takes a journeyman to portray
life’s rainbow design, and
your heartsong rings through it.

In Loving Memory of
Eva Cassidy 1963-1996

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Credit for recognizable words of various artists in poem collage: Paul Simon - Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Buffy St. Marie -
Tall Trees in Georgia, Sting - Fields of Gold, Traditional - Golden Thread
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  1. Thanks for stopping by fallen words. We really appreciate it. Best of luck on your writing goals in 2008.

    You’re very kind not to chastise me for the goals I left on Fallen Words, Sara. ;> I think I felt inadequate after reading your dear readers ambitions for the coming year, and prompted that SA retort. You’re most gracious, as always..:)

  2. country jazz or bluesy blues
    she sang them all –
    she paid her dues –
    made strong men cry too.

    I really like this part for the picture it paints.

    Thanks for letting me know this, Sara!

  3. surreal

    ..:)

  4. hello and hello,

    when you can, e-mail me. contact me. need a poetic opinion.

    thanks,

    S. Thomas Summers

    My email will be forthcoming, Scott. I sort of have a backlog right now, so please bear with me. TIA!


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