Harper Lee

Written January 2008

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Harper Lee, you once said
those who have to write are different from the rest,
and so I guess you had to write once,
what set you free?…

Harper Lee, your first book
was a clarion that rang out, a tremor that shook,
but the next one never took
+++ did you find love, was she lovely,
+++ was she more than enough?
+++ I’d like to think that’s the reason,
+++ yes, I hope that’s what it was,
+++ there are books that we carry in our chests
+++ that no one ever gets to read,
+++++ hey, you wrote one more than me,

Harper Lee, first name Nelle,
you could never be a standard southern belle,
but you knew your hometown well,
Harper Lee… (INSTRUMENTAL)
+++ there are books in our bodies that no one will ever read,
+++ do they languish like unopened packages of seeds?
+++ or does one look from a stranger tell us everything we need to know?
+++ I’d like to think that’s so,

Harper Lee, raise your head
you said everything that needed to be said,
then you lived your life instead,
Harper Lee.. Harper Lee.. Harper Lee…

One comment on “Harper Lee”

  1. Janet Arida

    I love these lyrics….especially the lines “there are books we carry in our chests” and “there are books in our bodies that no one will ever read…do they languish like unopened packages of seeds?…or does one look from a stranger tell us everything we need to know?” I think this is a poignant and lovely description of the writing life–there are some things that will never see paper but that makes them no less real. Thank you for sharing this beautiful and inspired writing.

    Janet

    (By the way, I think the line “but the next one never took” works well. Just my .02)

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