Aretha Louise Franklin (1942-2018)

Aretha Louise Franklin

Labeled "The Queen Of Soul"

She was expressive in her music

There was a story waiting to be told

Her voice was fierce and powerful

The sound was succinct and sharp

She was one to open up your mind

And give light to those stuck in the dark

Uplifting and exhilarating

Willing to enhance one's vision

Embracing love, life, freedom, and happiness

And carrying out her mission

When in a state of sorrow and pain

She still found a way to persevere

Her inner strength was profound

The messages in her songs were clear

At the age of 76

She has sadly passed on

The legacy of Aretha Franklin

Will continue to be heartstrong

This poem is about: 
My community
My country
Our world

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