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Carolyn M. Rodgers
“I tell you, Joe, little Willie said, / Black is as tired as it is beautiful.”
“Naw Little Willie, Joe said / I looks at it this way, my man ... / the Revolution aint dead / its tired, / and jest resting.”
“My mother, religious-negro, proud of / having waded through a storm, is very obviously, / a sturdy Black bridge that I / crossed over, on.”
“let uh revolution come. / couldn't be no action like what / i dun already seen.”
“very often / you are / the one / who creates the traps / you fall into.”
“the thing that destroys a person/a people / is not the knowing / but the knowing and not / doing.”
“it is not ugly to dream in life / but it is ugly to make life a dream.”
“The history, the root, the strength of my father is the strength we / now rest on.”
Carolyn M. Rodgers, U.S. poet
(1941 - 2010)
Full name: Carolyn Marie Rodgers.