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'This Thing Called Life'

Poetry Inspired by the
Music and Spirit of Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson


Lois P. Jones

About the Poet

Lois P. Jones has work published or forthcoming in Poemeleon, as well as several anthologies including The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing), Wide Awake: Poetry of Los Angeles and Beyond (The Pacific Coast Poetry Series) 30 Days (Tupelo Press) and Good-Bye Mexico (Texas Review Press). 

Publications include Narrative, American Poetry Journal, One, (Jacar Press), Tupelo Quarterly, The Warwick Review, Tiferet, Cider Press Review, Askew and other journals in the U.S. and abroad. 

Jones is the winner of the 2012 Tiferet Poetry Prize and the 2012 Liakoura Prize.  

Jones is Poetry Editor of Kyoto Journal, host of KPFK’s Poets Café (Pacifica Radio) and co-host of Moonday Poetry.  

She is currently co-editing two collections for Glass Lyre Press: the Aeolian Harp and Peace anthologies.


Spring 2017 »

The Great Cloud of Witness
by Lois P. Jones

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks tomorrow 
I think of how you will not be able to go the roof at Paisley Park and stand alone

in the cool Minnesota dark
how you will not feel the wind in your hair the stars will be unable to copy your eyes

and their light if it had reached you
would already be dead doesn't matter what I believe

about the soul
for all your emancipation
........your heart stopped beating

somewhere between floors
........maybe you already know much that hurts

maybe I just can't see your black silk shirt
waving against the stars your electric boots that lit

the halls in blue are now a part
of the constellation
........Jehovah commands you to a sleep

as glistening as a bowl of summer plums
so profound you’ll have no need of a map
........I called my friend to tell him I was worried

you won't know who you are
how you slumped like Dorothy a field of poppies

he said you'd be bored
in five minutes
........and we laughed

not long after you slipped away
from a form that tricked you
........with its immortality

you'd be looking to hold
another guitar in your arms
........or a beautiful woman

you could never make up your mind
which would play
........the greatest song




Lois P. Jones ~




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