i sing Birthday praises to
Dr. Mama Diva-Poet Margaret Walker
who spoke so they might hear in
the miasmic air of Mississippi who
wrote so we could get clear on
who we are from Alabama to New Haven.
Kissie Lee, and claim her as my literary
auntie - grandmomma and i don't think she
would mind but ain't got the quality time right
now except to say
Dr. Margaret Walker sung me from
wannabe to done; took us all into
visions of splendor and love she
" kissed the sky" and
formed our Universe. Ashay.
- doris davenport