"The Day Lady Died" is a celebrated poem from Frank O'Hara's classic collection Lunch Poems (1964). An unconventional elegy for the jazz singer Billie Holiday (a.k.a. "Lady Day"), it dates to the actual day of her death: July 17, 1959. Its speaker, O'Hara himself, narrates the mundane things he was doing—lunching, shopping, etc.—before he noticed Holiday's photo in a tabloid and learned she had passed away. The poem ends with a tribute to her music: a memory of a performance that left the audience breathless.