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Are you…

Are you naturally gorgeous
   or have intractable troubles
   made you so?
Troubles don’t normally do that,
   I know
betrayal, sweat, bitterness, revenge
   I walk a colder road
Long before now
   everyone sang
Troubles don’t...
   I never did harm you
The tunes you’re given
    determine your voice
  Never more popular than now
What people do is their law,
   alone, but content
not what they say
Arthritis of the hands
   his fingers don’t play
   his voice electric, still true

-January 17, 2010-