What a busy week! Kids finished up school, I'm dog-sitting, we're in the final days of our old family business before closing our doors and moving on to the next, new chapter... and I put out an email newsletter! (What? Not on my newsletter list? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe.)
I've got several poetry books in the queue to share with all of you, but today I want to share a poem I wrote for Scope magazine about Barbara Johns.
I knew nothing about Barbara when I was asked to write this poem, and now I can't learn enough about her! She was a pretty amazing young woman. Read all about her in the most recent edition of YES!, which happens to be one of my favorite magazines. Brown vs. Board of Education probably wouldn't have happened when it did if not for Barbara's leadership in a high school walk out and other efforts. Here's the poem:
Barbara Johns Reaches for the Moon
She steps onto the stage,
makes a bold declaration,
she illuminates the situation--
separate but not equal:
cracked toilets, smoke inhalation,
tar-paper shacks packed
with the student population.
Despite danger, despite trepidation,
she clings to the dream with determination,
joins the fight for integration.
Together they march
across a midnight sky,
their combined shine inspiration
for a changing nation.
- Irene Latham