Bill Black’s Bass
Bill Black’s bass was hot,
but not as hot as the young man with the big beat
who sang and swivelled his way across the stage
feeling the rhythm and blues through every fibre
of his body.
Lean and mean
Sensual devil music!
Lock up your daughters they said
protect them from this evil that has crawled into
the hearts and minds of our young
along with their identity
and a right to belong.
silence would follow
the old ways would be maintained.
His voice opened the door
closed to their generation
and just as Pandora discovered
it can never again be closed.
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Joan Opie is a teacher and writer who lives quietly with her family in northeast England, currently working on her first children's novel.