Wednesday, 1 May 2013


The singer/guitarist ‘Richie’ Havens
was the opening artiste at Woodstock.
Performing from 5 o’clock till seven
he launched the famed Festival of rock
which was to acquire legendary status.
It was billed as an Aquarian exposition,
a stirring and inspired musical afflatus
that generated excellent compositions.
It was to enhance Richard’s reputation,
a major turning point in his career.
Applauded by the crowd on location,
his many encores drew the biggest cheer.
Who can forget his “Motherless Child”?
Hearing the words of this haunting song
the concert-goers went completely wild
and the emotion that they felt was strong.
Alas, this musical colossus is no more
but his name is consigned to posterity;
we won’t be able to listen to his encores
and that for genuine fans is a calamity.

© Luigi Pagano 2013

Woodstock icon Richie Haven dies

Luigi Pagano is a contributor to Poetry24 and other websites. He has published three poetry collections the latest of which is Poetry On Tap.