the stars look very different today

it’s not enough for me

to mourn David Bowie

as a musician

an artist

an actor

or as a kind human being

i mourn the transformative effect

he had on generations

i mourn him as an intellectual

as a voracious reader

a thinker

capable of making art

of his own death


how graceful


a man

who could be

a beautiful woman when he wished to


i mourn him as a man

who gave the conventional

the finger

and then asked,

“Where’s the glitter?”

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