Ella Fitzgerald

3 01 2018

A voice like a small child’s.

Saints of Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996)

A brown eyed girl. Notoriously shy. Sitting on a lonely window sill. Knees under her chin. Poison heartache. Strumming the pain with her nails. The heat pipes are growling. Her stomach. Harmonizing. Outside the drunken sun has stumbled. Into an alley. Looking for someone to blame.

Night. Juiced up. Dressed up like a paramour. Wooing the ladies. Who have their hands in his pocket. And their knees on the floor. Little Ella worked the horror show. Ran numbers for her uncles. Rumble in the alley. She could hardly breathe. With the joy. In her voice.

Ella’s mother died. Automobile accident. Ella was left unharmed. Charmed. Her living room was the street. Her bedroom. Was her lover’s arms. Kidnapped. By the Sisters of Mercy. Holed up in the Colored Orphan Asylum. No one knew Ella’s name. But they beat her just the…

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