Article Type: Poem
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: 306754414
Full Text:
(for Gwendolyn Brooks at Chicago State University, 1999)

   This poem is the child of the letter you sent me
   Ten years ago. How fulfilling it is
   When a forerunner celebrates a predecessor.
   Chicago was a strange place that welcomed the eagle
   To a nest full of trials. Workshops for young writers
   Instigated a field of questions. Between two faces,
   Yours and mine, bridges were built, since
   Art remained a language of universal solidarity.
   Always believe in yourself, you said,
   And I have never stopped, like the bird
   That returns to its favorite nest, ignoring
   Threats by unsympathetic winds.
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