Poem for Clara Muhammad.
Article Type: Poem
Author: X, Marvin
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 306754426
Full Text: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

--Marvin X
Poem for Clara Muhammad

   She went to the door
   when Master Fard knocked
   selling red silk
   asked was brother there
   she said yeah
   he in the back
   drunk as a coot
   Master Fard
   sobered him
   raised him from dead
   so-called negro
   Master departed
   Elijah in charge
   brothers said no
   even his own brother
   Kallot
   Elijah ran seven years
   black devils after him
   "I will eat one grain of rice
   til we kill Elijah."
   Clara ran Nation
   raised children
   Elijah came home
   snatched again by devil
   this time white
   charged with sedition
   draft evasion
   five years prison
   Clara ran Nation
   raised children
   a little silent woman
   disrespected by sisters
   who shared her man
   in her face
   caught on roof
   getting to her man
   why they dis me
   in my face?
   she told Nisa Islam
   Clara
   first lady of the Nation
   silent warrior
   where is her bio
   her mention on Women's Month
   No black studies of Clara
   comforter of Elijah
   chief wife
   mother of Herbert, Wallace,
   Akbar, Ethel, et al
   who will tell her story
   raise her name to glory
   this silent warrior
   who nurtured Nation
   those early days
   when Elijah fled for his life
   from black devils
   white devils too.
   who will call her name
   great ancestor Clara.
   I was in her house
   she spoke to me
   As-Salaam-Alaikum.
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