She wasn’t pretty like a model,
not the kind of beauty who disappeared
when the makeup came off.
She was something else,
a song that gets better year after year,
one you appreciate on new levels
the deeper you go.
You didn’t need to know the names of
her musicians to understand her song.
You could even get the words wrong.
It only mattered that you listened.
This poem appears in the collection Inner Planets: 50 Poems by Matthew Howard. Available in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook.