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George Drew: I Know You’re in Detroit

Dear Aretha, I know you’re in Detroit and I’m here,

miles and miles away, but I’d like to apologize,

before it’s too late. You’re on your deathbed,

that’s pretty clear, surrounded as you are

by family and friends, and the national press

in the trenches already, sensing a headline. Poems

like this are more personal than public eulogies,

and for the most part not even close to being a blip

on most Americans’ consciousness. So my apology is

between us, which is proper and more poignant.

.

Aretha, I apologize for having never written a poem

for or about you, not in all the Hit Parades of years

I’ve grooved to you and your soulful music. I admit,

I’ve written many about many of your peers,

some equal to you in their various musical ways,

some not even close. I apologize, I really do,

but know this, dear Aretha: Even as you lie bedridden

there in the shadow of Motown, this latecomer poem,

unlike any others I might have written, catalogs nothing 

less than the entire opus of the entirely beautiful you.


George Drew lives in Mississippi. His many books include Drumming Armageddon (Madville, 2020).

Copyright 2020 George Drew

For a selection of free music videos featuring Aretha Franklin, please click here.

One comment on “George Drew: I Know You’re in Detroit

  1. Barbara Huntington
    November 7, 2020

    What makes growing old real is the losses of people, personal friends and celebrities whose art defined our youth.

    Liked by 1 person

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