Janis

Janis

A Poem by Kelly Scheppers
"

...to commemorate the death of Janis Joplin

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janis

 

 

she died alone

an accidental overdose

in a seedy Hollywood hotel

a needle shot into her veins

a potent batch of heroin

with the velocity of

a runaway train

 

 

© 2021 Kelly Scheppers


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Weird. I read a poem earlier today that reminded me of Janis, then I came across this one. Very tender and sad tribute to a tremendously talented singer. We could fill an entire volume of poetry about the gifted rock and roll artists who died similarly around the same time as Ms Joplin. Nicely done!

Posted 3 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

3 Months Ago

So gifted, and I bet she'd still be going strong today, had she lived. Thank you, Richard!
I have a thing about short poems - I really like them, and your last two lines made me glad I stopped to read Janis. Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train, feelin' 'bout as faded as my jeans.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

I'm glad I wrote this. It speaks to me every time I reread it, and I think it's Janis, thanking me f.. read more
isn't this the path of success for great artists? the overpowering depth of their work certainly opens the door(s) that most keep locked ... skeletons from the closet gain freedom that often leads to self destruction.
which asks the question(s), does the imbalance often seen in the behaviors and talents of 'real artists' offer clues to their weaknesses and self destructive natures? my observations and experience say yes!
you have great talent kelly. lets hope you don't become its victim like so many of us are.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

Thank you for your candor. It is much appreciated!


She was damn good, wasn't she ............... and you nailed her here Kelly .. Another one not to be forgot .. N

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

To lose someone that talented, and so young...Thank you, Nev!
Janis was a light that burned twice as bright. But lasted only half as long.Tragic beauty maligned and haunted. Her demons chased her to an early grave

Posted 7 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

So well said, Tate. Thank you!
This was a great read. Janis was a troubled young woman; brilliant and romantic in the artistic sense. Some day they'll make a movie about her and Kris Kristofferson and their time together and call it, "Me and Bobby McGee". I hope! Lacy J. Dalton sang, "I remember meeting Janice in a bar in Santa Cruz, with a dealer she pretended to ignore, She was swigging Southern Comfort and every time her glass ran low, the guy behind the bar poured out some more. Then I saw the dealer slip her something quickly. Do you suppose he knew she had no time to waste? And as she stumbled to the door and revved up that old Porsche, I said, hats off to another hard luck ace." excerpt from Hard Luck Ace

Posted 7 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

7 Months Ago

Wow, those were some eerie song lyrics. Did you ever see photos of her Porsche? I have a photo of .. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

7 Months Ago

Yes, I've seen photos of her Porsche. I like most of her music. I had a copy of Big Brother and the .. read more
I miss Joplin, her music was amazing,
sad how she died.
Nicely written

Posted 7 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

7 Months Ago

She was a force in the music industry. Makes you wonder what she would have been like, today.
If only the lord could have bought her more life!

Posted 8 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

8 Months Ago

Indeed, William. Thank you so much!
We lost many to the temptation of the drugs dear Kelly. Janis was a wild child, maybe too much for our world? Thank you, dear friend, for sharing the amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote


Posted 8 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

8 Months Ago

Thank you, John. I appreciate the kindness of your words.
Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Was my pleasure dear Kelly and you are welcome.
You penned the tragic death of Janis skillfully.


Posted 10 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

9 Months Ago

Thank you, Melinda. So sorry you had to wait so long for a reply. Much appreciate the kindness of .. read more

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Added on October 4, 2021
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Kelly Scheppers
Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



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