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spacer.gif   Simon Phillips
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 03:53 PM
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Poetry:  Click On The Author's Name The Search For Leah Chess' Baby

I'm looking for Leah Chess' baby,
Searching for the lost baby that was given away,
Given away when Leah Chess died in Chicago,
Leah was murdered or died in childbirth,
Depends on who told me the story,

Back in the days of prohibition Leah left London,
Chicago life a hectic whirl of speakeasies,
Leah loved the life and married on into it,
No one knows who Leah married that's the first mystery,
We know Leah was in deep when she became pregnant,

In so deep so one version goes that when the gang wars began,
Leah Chess and her husband were shot down dead,
Another one says she was dying of her wounds as she gave birth,
Yet another that she was killed just after the birth,
Leah Chess whatever did happen to you in Chicago,

I tried to trace the birth and death records for a clue,
But those records all went down in flames one hot Chicago day,
Where to look when you don't know Leah Chess' name at her death,
Leah's legend lives on and I want to find out what went on,
I want to find your baby Leah to show the family never forgets,

Searching for the answers 60 to 70 years on,
Knowing Leah Chess was on a mission for the family,
But never knowing what Leah's mission might have been,
What did Leah do to deserve her untimely Death,
Why does finding this out feel like my life long mission.

 
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