She was a lady of class
A voice of jazz
Who embodied pizzazz.
Intolerant of racism and sexism.
A smile that shined brighter
Than the sun
Eyes full of love and compassion
Spirit of a warrior.
Expressed herself through song
She was a humble lady
Who would mingle with high society
Not find their food appetizing and would
Seek a down home southern meal.
A queen in her own right that
Gracefully weathered many storms.