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Charles Ghigna - Father Goose®

the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Time Inc.,

Scholastic, Simon & Schuser, Capstone, Boyds Mills, Abrams, Orca, Charlesbridge and other publishers.

Billie Holiday (1915-1959)

Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 7, 1915.

Her real name was Eleanora Harris.

She taught herself to sing during her early teens

and began performing as a featured soloist with many jazz bands.

She is regarded as one of the greatest jazz singers of all time.

In 1941 she wrote the song "God Bless the Child."

Her nickname was "Lady Day."

Lady Day

Sighing, crying,

soft as rain,

filled with promise,

filled with pain,

Billie's voice,

raw, self-styled

tamed the night

and blessed the child.

Them that's got shall get.

Them that's not shall lose.

So the Bible said

and it still is news.

Mama may have,

Papa may have,

but God bless the child that's got his own,

that's got his own.

©Charles Ghigna


Tabatha said...

Love it, Charles! You created powerful imagery with just a few, carefully-selected words.

maria horvath said...


You caught her voice. I can almost hear her.

GatheringBooks said...

I love Billie Holiday as well! I'm glad that I chanced upon this post through Poetry Friday. I recall that we did a feature on Billie Holiday for our Picture Books that Sing theme several months back - there's a picture book devoted to God Bless the Child, are you aware of that? Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

Here's the link to my review of the book just in case you might be interested. Includes a video clip of God Bless the Child too! =)

Charles Ghigna said...

Thank you all for your comments,
reviews, book suggestions, and clip!