Happy Birthday Janis Joplin!

Today is the birthday of the late Janis Joplin, greatest female rock & blues singer of all time.  She would have been 70 years old!  Everything about her style was original, raw and inimitable; there has never been nor will ever be anyone like her.  She has always been my #1 favorite singer; I grew up with her music and have loved & deeply identified with her for all of my life.  I would like to commemorate this day & the precious years that she shined on earth with a poem I wrote to her when I was very young; word for word as it was originally composed in 1975, I was 15 years of age and she had already been gone for 5 years:


When you gave up your world of
a warm woman’s stomach
to enter this world for
your first breath of air
first good morning to earth
I was just a melody
drifting through the universe
just a wild seed
drifting with the breeze
not yet planted
not yet begun to grow
When you found your patch of space to grow in
to reach far and touch your dreams
stretch far into the sky
they came along with giant sheers
and cut you low
rubbed your face in pretty dresses and
the boy-next-door and properness
they gave you a chance to be everyone else
when it seems that all you wanted
was just to be yourself
When you finally broke free
out of the crowded cocoon
to escape the pain planted deep inside
I had just begun to breath this air
just a new babe
held tight against Mother Nature”s breast
And you found yourself at home
in sidewalks and bars and
strange men’s beds
covering sorrow with orgasm and staying stoned
floated on a cloud
but it was still there
that scar of yesterday
Then you found relief one day when
you weren’t even trying
found yourself on stage
bright lights
music from behind
your wound healed a bit with
a word and a scream and
a shake of the hips
but pain was still there
one could see it in your eyes
Now they swarmed around you
like bees in a hive
for a taste of your honey
they’d give anything
tequila or junk or
a piece of their ass
when it seems all you wanted
was a being who loved
You kept right on singing as
free as the trees in the wind or
the first morning bird
exposing your soul with your song
expressing your pain
until it drove you to
your end
And now I share your scar of
for you are a melody
drifting through the universe
a wild seed
drifting with the breeze
planted in the sky…


About Unsungpoet

Life-long poet, numerologist, author of other previously unpublished works :)
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10 Responses to Happy Birthday Janis Joplin!

  1. Beverly Kalinin says:

    I have always loved that poem of yours, Judi.

    Love, Mom

  2. Wonderful poem, and a wonderful Lady!

  3. willowdot21 says:

    God Bless her memory! So nice to see you posting!! xxxx

  4. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    You have done Janis enormous credit here. I have not ever seen one of her songs in words on page. This is excellent expression, share of an extraordinary soul.

    • Unsungpoet says:

      Aww…thanks so much for the warm and encouraging comment, she has always been my number 1 favorite singer and very dear to my heart…I wish I could say that this was one of her songs here, but it’s just a poem I wrote to her when i was really young…There are some awesome song lyric websites where you can look up the written words to her songs and probably just about any other song you could think of! I’ve used it to find out a particular word or line in a tune that I listened to for decades but never quite got!!..Very handy that way!

  5. you write heart touching words!! i really appreciate your writing style.

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