#PoemADay #WritersDigest #AprPAD Today’s Theme: Painter

If you are from my generation (not ashamed to admit it, the #40AndOver club, then you probably remember that guy who did the 7-up commercials, Geoffrey Holder, from the 1980s. But I bet that, like myself, most of you don’t know that he was also a jack of all trades in the art world.  This is my ode to him.

a play on words (the life of Geoffrey Holder) by Kellea Tibbs

He was born in 1930
and left this earth in 2014

We knew him as the 7-up man
not unlike many other commercial
slogans that are engrained
in our psyche
his voice was unforgettable

but he gave us so much more
a true artist
who dabbled in many forms
of expression

hailing from Trinidad
dancer,
choreographer,
singer,
director
and painter.

but it was with that voice
he offered us
as an artist
and in every instance of hearing it
his message was simple

some us have it
and some of us never will

#marchthirtyone

#eatsleepbreathepoetry

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