Things Will Get Brighter

In 1970, ‘O-o-h Child’ was recorded by the Five Stairsteps, a Chicago family group that formed in 1965 and were comprised of Burke family members Clarence Jr., James, Alohe, Kenneth and Dennis.  They got their name when “Momma Stairsteps” (as Betty Burke was affectionately called) noticed that her kids looked like stair steps with their incrementally varying heights when they stood next to each other according to their age.  They were dubbed the “First Family of Soul”, because of their successful five-year chart run; the moniker was later passed on to the Jackson 5.  The Five Stairsteps are often thought of as a one-hit-wonder band because ‘O-o-h Child’ was their most popular song, but the group had 19 singles that charted on either the R&B or pop charts, usually both, between the years of 1966 through 1980.  ‘O-o-h Child’ was their only song to crack the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #8, but 11 of the Stairsteps’ singles made it into the top 20 of the R&B charts.  Rolling Stone ranked this song at #402 on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

This song was on their Stairsteps album and it is a song of comfort, hope and optimism, it is an inspirational song, that allows all of us to see that there may be light at the end of the tunnel.  At certain times, we could all use some words about things getting brighter and being able to “walk in the rays of a beautiful sun”, but especially when we are in the darkest of situations.  When life becomes difficult to cope with, this song becomes a reassurance amid tough times and it can make you smile.  ‘O-o-h Child’ begins with a sad cry from sister Alohe, but she soothing voice.  This is followed by contributions from brothers Kenneth, Dennis and Clarence as well as James.  Each member sings in a soothing comforting style that makes it feel like they’re singing directly to you and the chorus brings a gospel level of vocal and musical transcendence to the song.

‘O-o-h Child’ was written by the American Soul songwriter/producer/arranger Stan Vincent, who also worked with The Soul Generation and The Legionnaires.  Stan Vincent is also known for the song ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’ by Lou Christie and several songs recorded by Connie Francis.  Stan Vincent assisted in the making of the 1980 Double Fantasy album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Ooh child things are gonna get easier
Ooh child things will get brighter
Ooh child things are gonna get easier
Ooh child things will get brighter

Someday we’ll get it together and well get it undone
Someday when the world is much brighter
Someday we’ll walk in the rays of the beautiful sun
Someday when the world is much lighter

(Ooh child things)
Are gonna get easier
Ooh child things will get brighter
Ooh child things are gonna get easier
Ooh child things will get brighter

Someday we’ll get it together and well get it undone
Someday when the world is much brighter
Someday we’ll walk together in the beautiful sun
Someday when the world is much lighter

Ooh child things are gonna get easier
Ooh child things will get brighter
Ooh child things are gonna get easier
Ooh child things will get brighter

Someday we’ll get together and well get it undone
Someday when the world is much brighter
Someday we’ll walk together in the beautiful sun
Someday when the world is much lighter

Ooh child things are gonna get easier
Ooh child thing will get brighter
Ooh child things are gonna get easier
Ooh child things will get brighter
Right now, right now
Right now

Written for Thursday Inspiration #104 Man In Black where the prompt is brighter.

Thursday Inspiration #104 Man In Black

In an attempt to get more participants involved in Thursday Inspiration, I am shaking up the rules a little bit.  You will have five ways of responding to this challenge, either by using the prompt word which for this week is brighter, or by way of the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Man in Black’, or via the artist Johnny Cash, or by going with any song that was recorded in the year 1971, which is when this was recorded.  The Country legend Johnny Cash always wore black clothes, and he wrote ‘Man In Black’ to help explain the reason why he did this.  Johnny chose this bold fashion statement as was a way of drawing attention to what he considered to be important issues.  The song contained a bundle of pent-up anger and frustration which Johnny released with venom.  Johnny made a damning protest statement against the Vietnam war, he cried out against the treatment of poor people by wealthy politicians, the mass incarceration of thousands of people and so much more.  In 1971, ‘Man in Black’ peaked at #3 on the Billboard country charts.

Cash wore a black T-shirt and jeans at his first performance at Galloway Methodist a Memphis church in 1954 because he wanted to look “smart,” and after that he continued to wear black in every performance thinking of it as his good luck charm.  He said that he wore black because he liked it, and wearing black meant something to him.  It became his symbol of rebellion, against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.  He once joked to Larry King, “You walk into my clothes closet, it’s dark in there.”  Between 1963 and 2007, Cash was awarded 13 Grammy wins out of 35 total Grammy nominations.

Contact your inner muse, let your imagination run wild and create something that you are proud to share with the WordPress community.  This week’s prompt is brighter and you are asked to link this word to the image above which has the phrase “hope for a brighter tomorrow”, or perhaps you can listen to the 1971 Johnny Cash song ‘Man In Black’ and be sparked to write something.  You could write about something that is brilliant, dazzling, or glaring.  If you want to reveal the secret of how your teeth remain brighter, that would work.  You could write about how stars get brighter as the day gets darker.  Maybe your brain gets brighter as you write, or possibly you think the world is becoming a brighter place, or maybe your future has become so much brighter, that you no longer need a flashlight to see where you are going.  Let’s all have some fun with this prompt today.

But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
‘Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black

It Breaks My Heart

‘So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)’ was written by Don Everly, and recorded and released on The Everly Brothers 1960 debut album It’s Everly Time.  This song peaked at #16 on the Hot 100 charts staying there for 5 weeks and it has been covered by many other artists.  The Everly Brothers charted 31 singles on the Hot 100, including 12 top 10 hits.  Billboard ranked the pair as the #66 biggest act in the Hot 100’s 55-year history.  The Everly Brothers are the chart’s third-biggest duo ever, following Daryl Hall & John Oates and the Carpenters.

Why does the emotional pain of heart break hurt so much?  It can be gut wrenching and you may feel like your heart has been ripped out but most people will eventually experience a love that ends in heartbreak.  Your brain works in conjunction with your emotions and if you feel sad because the one you loved has broken your heart, your brain understands that you are suffering and it can cause you to feel real physical pain.  It is likely that the deeper the love you shared and the stronger the feelings you had for each other, the more pain you will feel because of this breakup.  Relationships do go bad, that is just part of life, so people will fall in love and some of them will break up.

People have different personalities and these may ultimately clash.  Intense feelings of love in a passionate relationship cause people to devote themselves to each other, but over time these feelings can slip away and turn into intense anger when problems arise, or things go bad.  When a relationship becomes unhealthy, it is time to look for someone who is more compatible.  You can’t always help who you fall in love with, but this can become an excuse for loving the wrong person.  Love should be a choice that two people make, but you can’t always help who you become attracted to, but you must know the distinction between love and attraction.  You can’t deny a physical attraction or chemistry that is created, but that doesn’t mean that you were made for each other.

‘So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)’ is a break up song where the good times that this couple once shared are now few and far between.  It is sad, but it is also time to face the facts, as this love that was once good, has turned bad.  People can change their minds regarding who they love, but it looks like it is too late now for this couple and there is nothing left but sadness for them.  They will feel bad about losing the love that they once shared, but hopefully they can each find someone else to start over with.

We used to have good times together
But now I feel them slip away
It makes me cry to see love die
So sad to watch good love go bad

Remember how you used to feel, dear
You said nothing could change your mind
It breaks my heart to see us part
So sad to watch good love go bad

Is it any wonder that I feel so blue
When I know for certain that I’m losing you

Remember how you used to feel, dear
You said nothing could change your mind
It breaks my heart to see us part
So sad to watch good love go bad
So sad to watch good love go bad

Written for Thursday Inspiration #103 – breaks.

Thursday Inspiration #103 Just Like A Woman

A woman who appears to be very strong on the outside can on further investigation actually be fragile like a little girl.  A lot of people like to think that they know what the Bob Dylan song ‘Just Like A Woman’ is about and there are some crazy theories out there.  I read where somebody said that this song is about a transvestite, because she looked like a woman, but she wasn’t just like a woman.  Then of course there are those who feel that these lyrics are misogynistic, saying that the things she did were just like what a woman would do.  You can take Bob Dylan’s lyrics however you see them and that is what makes this such a great song.  In my opinion, this song is about a relationship that has ended and the person has already moved on from it.  Dylan made a decision that this girl was not right for him, so he gets really harsh and tells her to pretend that she doesn’t know his name any more after they have broken up.

Women have been getting a bad rap from the beginning of time, as is exhibited in Genesis the first book of the Bible, which was written by a man named Moses who was most likely an anti-feminist, sexist, chauvinist.  He needed to pin the blame on someone, when Adam and Eve were being evicted from the Garden of Eden.  Eve made an easy target, as back in those days, women were taught to be seen but not heard and that resulted in a severe lack of named female characters that were able to actually make it into this book.

This week’s prompt is breaks and you are asked to link this word to the image above a wave that breaks on the shore line, or perhaps you can listen to the 1966 Bob Dylan song ‘Just Like A Woman’ and be sparked to write something.  You could write about that person who was so ugly that the mirror would break anytime they looked into it.  Remember that there is a difference between the homophone’s “break” and “brake”, so you should not make this about getting your car’s brakes repaired, or that you always brake for unicorns.  Break is a verb that means to damage or destroy, so you could make this about that time when your leg did break, or some bad breaks that you had in your life, or what you would do when the levee breaks.  As a noun, a break would be a pause or an interruption of continuity like taking your coffee breaks, or going on a bathroom break.

She takes just like a woman, yes, she does
She makes love just like a woman, yes, she does
And she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl

Stick to You Like Crazy Glue

Naia Kete wrote the song ‘Crazy Glue’ with Shelly Fairchild and Philip Lassiter on her first writing trip to Nashville.  Philip Lassiter is a multi-instrumental vocalist known as a sought-after songwriter and jazz musician, as well as being the musical genius behind the funk group Philthy.  Shelly Fairchild is an openly gay country artist from Nashville, TN.  About 2009, Naia met Lee John, who joined her band which included her brother Imani Elijah.  Like Kete and her brother, John’s parents were also musicians.  His father is guitarist Earl Slick, best known for his work with David Bowie, and his mom is Jean Millington, who co-founded the band Fanny with her sister Institute for the Musical Arts co-founder June Millington.  Not long after John started working with Kete, the three musicians moved to California and started busking on the streets.

Lead singer, Naia Kete appeared as a contestant on Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice, and she was hailed by Rolling Stone as being “an earthy soulstress” who delivers captivating vocals and dynamic bass lines.  Multi-instrumentalist Lee John (Naia’s boyfriend), ignites the band’s sound with electrifying guitar riffs and rock steady rhythms on drums.  Imani Elijah, the third and final member of SayReal, also plays drums and is arguably one of the best key bass players out there.  With poignant lyrics and striking hooks that give each song mass appeal, this thought-provoking family group of artists, educators and trendsetters is more than a band, SayReal is a movement and all who hear the call are welcome.

In ‘Crazy Glue’ Naia sings enthusiastically about love, listing her reasons why she has surrendered to the power of love.  She lets her feelings be known to her man, especially how good it makes her feel when her man is holding her hand.  She vows to stick to her lover like glue, because she knows that he also loves her.  This feeling of love allows her to turn gray skies to blue, and there is nothing she won’t do to make him smile.

If I write my thoughts down on this page
I figure someday I might say these things to you
You got me tangled up inside
And now I’m listing reasons why
This love is true

And I think I’ll let me feelings fly
And I’ll watch them make their way
As we kiss every fear good-bye

Cause I get high when you hold my hand
You know you do all that you can
Just to make me understand
The way you love me
And I notice what you do
And I will stick to you like crazy glue
It’s all your fault I’m caught up in
The way you love me

If I were to sing you something new
Than would I turn gray skies to blue
So you could see
I’d do anything to make you smile
And you’d know it’s all worthwhile
From the melody

Cause I get high when you hold my hand
You know you do all that you can
Just to make me understand
The way you love me
And I notice what you do
And I will stick to you like crazy glue
It’s all your fault I’m caught up in
The way you love me

Sometimes words get lost within our minds
So difficult to find
But I am gonna say them anyway

Cause I get high when you hold my hand
You know you do all that you can
Just to make me understand
The way you love me
And I notice what you do
And I will stick to you like crazy glue
It’s all your fault I’m caught up in
The way you love me
It’s all your fault I’m caught up in
The way you love me

Written for Thursday Inspiration #102 – glue.

Thursday Inspiration #102 Stuck On You

Welcome to Thursday Inspiration, a weekly picture and word prompt which will hopefully inspire you to write something creative, perhaps a poem or a piece of flash fiction, or maybe you want to write about a song.  Last week didn’t go all that well and I am hoping to have more participants, but with the April A – Z going on, I realize that it may be difficult for people to join in.  This week’s prompt is glue and you are asked to link this word to the image above, or perhaps you can listen to the 1960 Elvis Presley song ‘Stuck On You’ and be sparked to write something.  This was Elvis’s first hit single after completing his two-year stint in the US Army.  It went to #1 in the charts and was written by Aaron Schroeder and J. Leslie McFarland.

Did you know that prehistoric hunters used a tar-based adhesive made from birch-bark to create a natural glue, which they used to bind stone arrowheads or axe stones to wood?  The Beatles may have been fixing a hole where the rain gets in, but when King Tut’s beard broke off in an Egypt museum, they crudely glued it back together when it was damaged, and insisted the item could be restored to its former glory.

I’m gonna stick like glue
Stick because I’m
Stuck on you

Sitting in This Old Jail House

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton is a mellow mountain of a woman, almost six feet tall and topping two hundred pounds, who is probably best known for a song that she sang first and another that she wrote, which both became really big hits for other artists.  Elvis Presley recorded the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller ‘Hound Dog’ after Thornton.  Her 1953 version of ‘Hound Dog’ is listed as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll”, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in February 2013.  The Elvis Presley ‘Hound Dog’ is ranked #19 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and it is also one of the best-selling singles of all time.  The other song ‘Ball And Chain’ was written and recorded by Big Mama, but her recording never made its way to the charts.  Janis Joplin recorded this in 1968 on the Big Brother and the Holding Company album Cheap Thrills, and this went to #1 on the Billboard Top LPs.

One weekend in November, 1971, blues freak, Link Wyler and his buddies from the Gunsmoke TV crew, gave in to temptation.  On production hiatus, they left Hollywood and went to the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon to film Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner and George “Harmonica” Smith, who were then barnstorming the U.S. Pacific Northwest with their bands.  The two hour and 20-minute film Gunsmoke Blues was released of this show in 2004.

In 1975, Thornton released her album Jail on Vanguard Records, which was recorded live at Monroe State Prison, Monroe, Washington and Oregon State Reformatory, Eugene, Oregon.  The song ‘Jail’ is on this album and it was written by Willie Mae Thornton and Link Wyler.  Big Mama Thornton makes it clear that she is not unacquainted with human suffering, but she has no intention of letting it get the upper hand, because she will always be herself, even if she is stuck sitting in jail, which she figures is just a waste of time.  Thornton never received recognition or the money she deserved for her accomplishments.  In her last years, Big Mama sometimes got stranded on the road in cities like Buffalo, waiting for the next little wave of cash that would allow her to get back to her home in California.  She was nominated for the Blues Music Award six times but never won.  Thornton was found dead at age 57 from a heart attack in a Los Angeles boarding house, on July 25, 1984.  I liked this song a lot, but I couldn’t find the lyrics listed anywhere, so I had to listen to this recording several times and I feel that I got most of them right, well it should be close enough.

Janis drank so much Southern Comfort Whiskey that they gave her a fur coat and thanked her for all the publicity that she gave them.  Her idol, Big Mama Thornton once told her to take it easy on the whiskey before a show so that her, “liver don’t go.”  Janis sang about wanting a Mercedes Benz, but she owned a psychedelic Porsche which she drove everywhere with the top down and her feathers flying in the breeze.  Janis didn’t seem to mind being naked, she openly admitted to sleeping with all the members in the Big Brother band, referring to them as her family and Janis and the four males all got naked, jumped on a bed and smiled for the camera during a shoot for the Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills album.  One night Janis Joplin got into a violent brawl with Jim Morrison and after he propositioned Jimi Hendrix on stage at club in New York while he was performing.  Joplin called Morrison an asshole and banged a bottle on his head.

Well, here I am again
Sittin’ down in this old rotten jail
Well, here I am again
Sittin’ down in this old rotten jail
Woah, I got to say
Sittin’ here is just a waste of time
Won’t somebody help me
Help me find peace of mind
Well, somebody help me
Help me find peace of mind
Sittin’ here lookin’ out through those walls
God knows there ain’t nothin’ but the waste of lives
Hey mister warden
I just want you to let me go free
Please mister warden
I just want you to turn the key
Oh, sittin’ in this old jail house
I know it ain’t nothin’ but the waste of time
You know I look next door in the cell
My big brother have a sign in your house
Looked in the cell next door to mine
Big brother hunger sound to cry
Yea I got nine long years
Didn’t matter busy really wastin’ time
I got like ninety years more
And I know that one day
I said I got ninety-nine years more
I just want to tell you this one day
I am going to ask you once
To let the moma go free
Sittin’ in jail, sittin’ in jail
Ain’t nothin’ but a waste of your time

Written for Thursday Inspiration #101 Ol’ Man River prompt jail.

Thursday Inspiration #101 Ol’ Man River

Welcome to Thursday Inspiration, which I inherited from Paula.  This is a weekly picture and word prompt that hopefully will inspire you to write something creative, perhaps a poem or a piece of flash fiction, or maybe you want to write about a song.  I always enjoyed writing in this challenge and I am happy that Paula decided to turn it over to me after she did her 100th Thursday Inspiration post last week.  It is not really a music challenge, but I have always considered it to be one and I always enjoyed finding songs that went along with Paula’s prompt word, but if that is not your thing and you would rather write poetry or prose, just link it back to this post and I will read whatever you come up with.  I will continue responding to the prompt and this week I will write about the Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton song ‘Jail’, which never achieved much fame.

This week’s prompt is jail and it would be good if you could link this word to the image above, or perhaps you can listen to the American classic song ‘Ol’ Man River’, which was composed by Jerome Kern and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II for the musical Show Boat, which premiered in 1927 and was about life along the Mississippi River.  The song expresses both of hope and despair.  I remember the first time I was in jail, and there is not a lot you can it there.  As I waited to be released, I looked on the walls of my cell and saw a lot of stuff that looked like it had been written by bikers and it seemed like some guy named Kilroy may have been there.  I did see where somebody wrote, “If you can read this, you are in jail”, which I thought was very appropriate.  Next week I will discuss the song ‘Stuck On You’.

You and me, we sweat and strain,
Body all achin’ and racked with pain,
Tote that barge! And lift that bale!
Get a little drunk
And you lands in jail

Shakes All Over Me

‘Shakin’ All Over’ was written by Frederick Albert Heath who worked under the stage name of Johnny Kidd and it was originally performed by Johnny Kidd & the Pirates.  This recording reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1960.  Kidd’s recording was not a hit outside of Europe and in other parts of the world the song is better known from recordings by other artists.  This song is about the feeling you get when you are near a great looking girl.  Kidd said that he was out with his buddies and they happened to see a girl who was a real sizzler, so they said that she gave us ‘quivers down the membranes’.  It was a standard saying with them referring to any attractive girl and that became the inspiration for this song.

Kidd’s hit song came by chance as his producer Wally Ridley and the assistant producer Peter Sullivan on the HMV label wanted them to record the old traditional tune, ‘Yes Sir That’s My Baby’ which was written by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson in 1925 and they said that Johnny Kidd could have the B-side to do whatever he wanted, like they’d been able to on the last few singles.  The day before the session Johnny, guitarist Alan Caddy and bass player Brian Gregg figured that they would write any old rubbish, or maybe try to do something like their first song ‘Please Don’t Touch’ which was written by Kidd and Guy Robinson.  They went to the studio and recorded ‘Shakin’ All Over’ thinking it would be a B-side, but the record company quickly realized that ‘Shakin’ All Over’ should be what they should push, so they flipped the single.  The Pirates appeared on Wham!, the latest Jack Good TV show, and he loved it and the record charted immediately.  When it made #1, it became the first real proof to British listeners that British people could make rock and roll every bit as good as the Americans.  The Scottish guitarist Joe Moretti played on this song.

The Guess Who had previously been known as “Chad Allan and the Expressions” prior to the release of ‘Shakin’ All Over’, but the group’s Canadian label (Quality Records) issued the record as by “Guess Who?”, in an attempt to imply that the record might be by a British Invasion act, perhaps even The Beatles.  Disc Jockeys thought the group was actually named The Guess Who, and that’s the name that stuck, and making things worse, The Who started their rise to fame around the same time, and the groups were often confused with each other, but they changed their name to The Guess Who, and went on to a long Top 40 career.

When you move in right up close to me
That’s when I get the shakes all over me
Quivers down my back bone
I’ve got the shakes down the kneebone
Yeah havin’ the tremors in the thighbone
Shakin’ all over
Just the way you say goodnight to me
Brings that feeling on inside of me
Quivers down my back bone
I’ve got the quivers down the thighbone
Yeah the tremors in my back bone
Shakin’ all over
Quivers down my back bone
Yeah I have the shakes in the kneebone
I’ve got the tremors in the back bone
Shakin’ all over

Well, you make me shake and I like it, baby
Well, you make me shake and I like it, baby
Well, you make me shake and I like it, baby

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 100 where this week’s theme is “over” from the 1967 Doors song ‘When the Music’s Over’.

Beauty and the Beast

David Bowie moved to Berlin in the mid-70s in the grip of a cocaine addiction, and living in this city purged his demons and pushed him to new creative heights.  By the summer of 1977, Bowie was on a creative high along with producer Tony Visconti and friend Brian Eno, so he began to make a new album.  ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was the first track on his 1977 HEROES album, and it was composed by Bowie, who also co-produced the track with longtime collaborator Tony Visconti.  Robert Fripp of King Crimson serves as the song’s lead guitarist, and he’s joined by Brian Eno on synthesizer, along with Bowie’s regular rhythm section which was made up of George Murray (bass), Dennis Davis (drums), and Carlos Alomar (rhythm guitar).  Backing vocals are sung by the Berlin club singer Antonia Maass who at one-point swoons out “Liebling!”, meaning “Darling” in English.

Bowie has referred to ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as being somewhat schizophrenic in nature, which is probably due to the days he spent in L.A. having severe mood swings, while addicted to cocaine.  It isn’t what you’d call a radio-friendly pop hit, although it did manage to crack the UK Top 40, stalling at #39.  It is often thought to be a cabaret piece of avant-garde pop, with something cold and malevolent about it.  Bowie was telling a story about frustration and maybe this song is about drugs or his relationship with Angie, which was surely a strange marriage that ended in divorce 3 years later.

The live versions are a credit to Adrian Belew, who had to play in one go the various guitar parts that Fripp had overdubbed and Eno and Bowie had pieced together.  The other musicians on the live recordings included Simon House on violin, Sean Mayes on piano, string ensemble, backing vocals and Roger Powell on synthesizer, keyboards, backing vocals.  After the ‘78 tour, Bowie never played ‘Beauty and the Beast’ again.

Ooo-ooh

Weaving down a byroad, singing a song
That’s my kind of highroad gone wrong
(My, my smile at least)
You can’t say no to the beauty and the beast

Something in the night
Something in the day
Nothing is wrong but darling, something’s in the way
There’s slaughter in the air
Protest on the wind
Someone else inside me
Someone could get skinned, how?
(My, my) someone fetch a priest
You can’t say no to the beauty and the beast
Darling

You can’t say no to the beauty and the beast
(Liebling)
(My, my)
You can’t say no to the beauty and the beast

I wanted to believe me
I wanted to be good
I wanted no distractions
Like every good boy should

Nothing will corrupt us
Nothing will compete
Thank god heaven left us
Standing on our feet
(My, my)
Beauty and the beast (my, my)
Just beauty and the beast (you can’t say no to the beauty and the beast)
Darling

My, my
My
My, my
My

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 99 where this week’s theme is “beast” from the 1978 Rolling Stones song ‘Beast of Burden’.