The minor key refrain
Echoes the tears in her heart
As she sings in the segregated bar.
The piano keys
Combine in rainbowed harmony
With saxophone and double bass
As the Gardenia fluoresces in the dark.
Lady Day’s single octave
Emoted with the spectrum of life’s pains
Blossoms into a garden of everlasting glory.
© Sheila Ash, 2018