Janis

Janis
you were different
from the folks in Port Arthur
the industrial steam
did not offer you
freedom of creation

Janis
your heart was dying
from the lack of belonging
they laughed at you
for your pioneer expression
they rejected you
for your diamond sparks

Janis
you dimmed your light
by being mellow
if you didn’t
they would fall with
hostile cuss

Janis
you were a firecracker
short lived
a fulfilled life in explosion
the world paid attention to
who you are

Cry Baby – Janis Joplin