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Wednesday, May 24, 2023


by Mary K O’Melveny

She blew in like a Hurricane

A river deep    A mountain high


She ditched Ike   Took over the mike

Blew our minds   Broke our hearts


Tina Turner knew first hand 

What love’s got to do with it


She told us what we needed

Knew what we wanted


Tina stamped her feet   Released her hips  

Danced like unleashed wind


She defied age   Demanded respect

Broke the rules   Exposed the fools


Tina wore Stiletto heels   Spangled dresses

Split sexy skirts    Spiky blonde hair


She even taught Mick Jagger

How to dance   swivel   shake


Tina shouted loud   Made us proud

Said we’d better be good to her


She will keep on like a Hurricane   

Turning    Burning   Churning  


Tina was our Queen of Rock ‘n Roll 

Simply the best   Better than all the rest

Mary K O'Melveny is a recently retired labor rights attorney who lives in Washington DC and Woodstock NY.  Her work has appeared in various print and on-line journals. Her most recent poetry collection is Dispatches From the Memory Care Museum, just out from Kelsay Books. Her first poetry chapbook A Woman of a Certain Age is available from Finishing Line Press. Mary’s poetry collection Merging Star Hypotheses was published by Finishing Line Press in January, 2020.