NORTHWEST POETRY PRESENTS:

"Joan Baez, A Silhouette,"

by Eben

I Childhood--

1940-

Rockin' on Joanie's horse,

Her Pop and Mom her joy,

A horsey was her toy--

Joanie out-smiled any boy!

rockin'...rockin'...rockin...

II Youth

1952-

Singin' brought her fame,

and then she toured the world,

her banner--Peace!--unfurled,

hair, bangs, uncurled.

singin'...singin'...singin'...

III Midlife

1987-

Hair short, she raised a son.

There's Someone at the door who's waitin'.

The inside latch not yet releasin'.

Hear that gentle, faithful knockin'?

knockin'...knockin'...knockin'...

IV Latter Years

2006-

Has she heard the Answer in the wind?

Is she still out travelin' and folk singin'?

Is she still out war and nuke protestin'?

There's Someone at the door who's sighin'.

sighin'...sighin'...sighin'...

Epilogue

Even feet of steel can't last.

She's done her draft resistin',

and done her meditatin',

but every soul needs restin',

restin'...restin'...restin'...

Jesus said: "Come unto Me all you who labor, and I will give you rest."

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