Lady Blue: a poem by Kevin Cowdall

It was the 100th anniversary of the birth of singer Billie Holiday on 7 April 2015. Local writer Kevin Cowdall, known for his much praised World War Two novella Paper Gods and Iron Men, has written a special poem to mark the anniversary.


A shrivelled orchid
on a bar-room table
is the only memento
to mark your passing.

That, and the lingering echo
of that bitter-sweet voice:
Torn from the very soul
of the lady who sang the blues.