Iris was a beauty,
eyes baby blue.

Loved as a toddler,
liked in school.

Studied chemistry
in higher Ed.

Met a boy
who was pre-med.

Both of them
started a band.

One played bass,
the other sang.

Found a friend who
could strum some chords,

a beautiful celloist.
Her name was Doris.

And a genius pianist
who liked Mozart and Chopin.

Only one thing was missing
with this band.

So drummers came,
one really could play,

and a band was
created that day.

Iris wrote songs.
Beautiful songs.

Then she died,
and the band played on.


Jason Wright is the editor and founder of Oddball Magazine. His column appears weekly. His third book, Train of Thought 2: Almost Home is available now at the Oddball Book Store.