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"her magnificent voice”, “her imprint” & “I like to think of Aretha Franklin” - Published by: The Song Is...

NOTE: “her magnificent voice” & “her imprint” are collaborative rengay. “I like to think of Aretha Franklin” is a sole author poem by Ingrid Bruck. 


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her magnificent voice: Aretha Franklin Tribute #1



By Benita Kape, Dee Aubert, 

Julie Naslund, Ingrid Bruck,

Michael Peck & Leslie McKay



fireworks

the greater performance

her magnificent voice               


brave words of courage

power and a brand new me      


opens her mouth

sings the soul of ache and joy

into our bones                              


queen of r/e/s/p/e/c/t

put her life on the line

marching with King                       


sunlit vision in a dark world

transforms black and blue souls   


her voice of God

unconditional

from the beginning                         

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her imprint: Aretha Franklin Tribute #2



By Ingrid Bruck, Leslie McKay,

Michael Peck, SE Ingraham,

Dee Aubert & Julie Naslund



the ocean

another sky

blues bend and soar


her imprint on the horizon

unreachable


sun mirrors her soul

night reflects her skin

her voice weaves them


this gospel diva

rode pink Cadillac style

live and to the end


touched by gods and angels

ring of joy, empowerment


inauguration

sings out longing, promise, hope

that impossible hat




Don’t Play That Song, Play All Those Songs

For: The Queen of Soul


Sunday morning tribute


Every Baptist Church in America

Say A Little Prayer For Me


Gospel Choirs Sing, Yes they sing

Sing the power of the Queen of Soul

Voice of the Century: Sister Aretha Franklin


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Rock Steady

And we remember you

Wind down the car window


From Rock Steady

to Spanish Harlem                                                                                                        


In songs, willing to forgive.

           

            *****

How could you touch her? The song said.

In your hands the pain grows and grows

And your soul and your lines increase


Going further back

A Nineteen Seventy release


Don’t Play That Song


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Sitting beside Bergen (Candice)

You gave us stunning comedy and diva


That was a long time ago


Your mastery at the keys

When in Charlotte

You pay tribute to Whitney Houston

           

            *****

Long, long time to get here

If I walk a little taller

If I speak up when you’re wrong


Lyrics we all understood

Words, and the many transposed


And it grew a new kind of free


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Re – re – re -  respect


Give me my propers

Wrote Otis Redding


You – you – you

Earned it well Aretha

Aretha, to you the respect


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You were releasing

One Step Ahead in Nineteen Sixty Seven


Then came The House That Jack Built


Rushing to your side, song writers

Bobby Lane and Fran Robbins

That was Nineteen Sixty Eight


            *****


Don’t Play That Song

Again: and again and again


Play all those songs


A Change Gonna Come, Amazing Grace

You rush to the side of Martin Luther King

“Black People Will Be Free”


            *****

How many songs and how many writers?


Dozens and dozens

All wrote for you


So long as it’s Soul, Soul, Soul,

Soul: give us the Queen of Soul

Such strength and power in her incredible voice


            *****

Sunday morning tribute


All over the world

Say A Little Prayer For Me


Gospel Choirs Sing, Yes they sing

Sing the power of the Queen of Soul

Voice of the Century: Sister Aretha Franklin


Benita H. Kape © 19.8.2018



Notes:


Cherita form:: Cherita in Malaysian means to tell a story. Usually written in 1 line – 2 lines – 3 lines. When written in other variations of those lines, these are known as Cherita Terbalik. Terbalik in Malay means to reverse. This poem “Don’t Play That Song, Play All Those Songs”begins with Cherita and continues with variations, Cherita Terbalik, ending again with a Cherita.




Aretha Franklin 


she sang from her heart 

words so full of love and pain 

those who listened left with wet eyes 

knowing they had heard 

what they felt in their heart 

everything about Aretha was big 

her voice, her endurance, her strength 

she knew the blues inside and out 

her smile bursting with the glory 

of one who consumed the pain 

of the blues 

turning that pain into complete faith 

in herself and her love of life © 


~ by Michael Peck



I like to think of Aretha Franklin


birthing a son before she was a teen,

singing “Natural Woman”

for all the child-women who doubted 

they had the right to feel like a woman.

She claimed “Respect” for herself and all Sisters. 


I like to think of Aretha Franklin

demanding her place in line

when she marched for freedom with King.

She crumbled when MLK was shot, 

when racial hatred flared and cities burned. 

She despaired for common women,

the Black ones and whites like me. 


I like to think of Aretha Franklin

feminist icon, activist and Vietnam protestor

singing “Chain of Fools”, 

broadcasting war follies, 

challenging white generals’ incompetence, 

lamenting senseless deaths of young soldiers. 


I like to think of Aretha Franklin

devoted to her large family

going home to care for her father

when he was too sick to know it. 


I like to think of the Queen of Soul

singing gospel and faith,

singing blues and protest

her voice, grand

her songs, jazz.


She started poor, got rich, 

proved a woman can do it. 

I like to think of Aretha Franklin. 


* Inspired by “I like to think of Harriet Tubman” by Susan Griffin


~ by Ingrid Bruck 




Writer’s Group Bio:



HowModPoWritesPoetry is a global group of writers from five countries with a shared interest in haiku and short forms. We met taking ModPo (Modern American Poetry), a massive free online MOOC. The connections we made in the class were so strong, we didn’t want to lose them and formed our closed online writing group. We’ve been together for four years. One of our favorite forms to write is rengay, a collaborative haiku form in six stanzas developed by Gary Gay (American). Our group discovered many shared interests, one of which is jazz. When singer and song writer Aretha Franklin died recently, our poets wrote her tribute poems (collaborative rengay & sole author). 


A Selection of Rengay & Individual Tribute Poems to Aretha Franklin: by writers from the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand


Dee Aubert is a Mexican poet who resides in Switzerland.

Ingrid Bruck lives and writes in Pennsylvania Amish country, US. 

S.E. Ingraham is a Canadian poet from Edmonton. 

Benita Kape is a New Zealand poet with an interest in Japanese short forms and the Western devised, (though based on haiku) rengay.

Julie Naslund writes in the high desert of central Oregon. She feels that poetry is an act of translation.

Leslie McKay is an Aotearoa/New Zealand poet and writing teacher.

Susanne Margono, a German poet, lives in upstate New York, US.

Michael Peck is a US poet and playwright from Utah.


And now for the music!


Let's start with "Don't Play That Song":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQEuVKDJx1I


Here she performs "Rock Steady" on Soul Train:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB5sMYw37gw


I have to add "This is the House that Jack Built":   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmUXnQ_35-U


Have to include "Freeway of Love" as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Leg7hDIH-JY


This is her "Bridge Over Troubled Water": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9-yfeA2JZs


I don't know how to top this, so I won't.  Enjoy!




Marianne Szlyk






https://thesongis.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-modpo-poets-pay-tribute-to-aretha.html?spref=fb&fbclid=IwAR2UjZ6W-j7n9cP99DxzTQ5Wx3ti5mxIzmKCs4ERIqB6lSvyjv3y7LbusiQ




Date Published:  February 3, 2019

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