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Willow Weep

WILLOW WEEP©
(For Gwendolyn Brooks)
By Kai EL´ Zabar
copyright 1997

I think of her
And I smile
A face of lifetimes
gone before.

And I see
A twinkle in the
eyes that she peers through,
A lens capturing
stories so bold
She told.
She tells.
Tales of black, brown and blue
people with hints of yellow, beige and golden hue.

And I think of her.
Of her lips full
with words upon them
perched ready to spread
the truth they reveal
of times come.
Times gone, time now
in time.

And I smile
her face aglow
Glory, Glory Hal-le-lu-yah!
In her eyes
I have seen the coming
of Black men strong,
of colored people oppressed,
of sistuhs nurturing and children
free, of brothas so cool, too cool,
be-ing cool.
Of women lovin’ their men
clinging to what’s been,
A longing ancient
in our soul.

And I think of her,
a spirit fighting
Full of yearning
for the life
that’s ours to live
I recognize the truth
within
behind
the ‘isms’,
still she weeps

And I know
that like the
Willow
firmly rooted
she stands

Tall along this
stream of life
she does weep
holdin’ strong.

And I smile.

  • 5.19.97 GW’s 80th BD

Willow Weep

Kai  EL Zabar

Los Angeles,, United States

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Dedicated to Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks

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