This is a ballad written for Read Write Poem Prompt #37: Hotel California. Simply, we were to write a ballad. Since I don’t normally write ballads, this was a real struggle for me, both in finding subject matter and in writing the actual ballad itself.
When I checked out Wikipedia’s entry for the subject, I discovered a list of modern ballads, which includes “Hotel California” and…Me and Bobby McGee, written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster and made famous by…Janis Joplin.
The song started to float through my head and then it hit me – why not a ballad about Janis Joplin? So, here goes. I even followed the rules of traditional ballads, writing this poem in ballad meter! I hope you enjoy.
Who will sing about this singer
and the liquid, blue songs
pouring forth from her heart and veins
now that she is long gone?