Billie Holiday

sometimes the deaf
hear better than the blind

some men
when they first
heard her sing

were only attracted
to the flower in her hair

Ethelbert Miller, “Billie Holiday” from First Light: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by Ethelbert Miller. Reprinted by permission of Black Classic Press.
Source: First Light: New and Selected Poems (1994)
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