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Ode to Miss Sharon Jones


Artist: Afua Danso (afua danso)
Artist's Description
This piece is actually a poem composed in spoken word form, created just days after the death of Soul singing sensation Sharon Jones.

Genre(s): R-n-B,Soul
Mood(s): Determined,Flowing,Forgiveness,Introspective,Mournful,Thoughtful
Style(s): Inspirational,Story
Language(s): NONE
Ode to Miss Sharon JonesSingle-Use License: $20.00
Miss Sharon Jones
I'm sorry
for all these years of your hard work and even harder earned SUCCESS
I took you for granted
like the way that after all my years of hard work I've all too often taken myself for granted

Please forgive me
Miss Sharon Jones
For assuming you'd always be here
like your blood, sweat & tears
would just stay up there on the stage
never to evaporate
Of course
It's your Spirit
Your Legacy
Your indomitable
SOUL
That lives on
That'll live forever
However
You in the flesh
Did not
Could not
Yet the fact of your inevitable earthly expiration does not make this loss any easier
Hell No!
This hurts
In a way that's all too
Familiar
Hallow resignation
Habitual rejection
By folks like record producers
Who told you
You're too short, too Black, too old, too fat
When in fact
You are FABULOUS
And beautiful
What you endured
I know
Yet can never fully absorb
And neither did you
YOU
Who even worked with the Rikers Island Prison team en route to your destiny
Rightfully beginning to be recognized for your musical gifts in your forties

I LOVE YOU
Miss Sharon Jones
Queen of the Dap-Kings
For refusing
To resign
To be defined
To back down
To shut up
To give up
YOU
Who proclaimed
"I have cancer; cancer don't have me!"

THANK YOU
Miss Sharon Jones
For sharing your fire,
For showing your fierceness
For engaging with your FIGHT
And inspiring with your FUNK
YOU
Who despite whatever stage of cancer & page in your recovery
Got back UP
In rare form
PERFORMIN'
UP on that Big Stage
SHOUTIN'
For cancer to
"Get UP & Get OUT!"
YOU
Who sang
~ And ohhh was you SANGIN' ~
"You'll Be Lonely After I'm Gone"
And, while that void
That empty feelin'
That depleted river
Runs deep
I vow to
Hold your memory dear
Turning lonely into
Living Legacy
While
I'm
Still
Here

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