From the National Day Calendar website:
Black Poetry Day on October 17th honors past and present black poets. The day also commemorates the birth of the first published black poet in the United States. Jupiter Hammon was born in Long Island, New York, on October 17, 1711.
Elijah Cummings quoted this poem, by Dr Benjamin Mays, in his first speech as a new Congressman.
Here's the text.
I have only just a minute,Only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it.
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
But it’s up to me to use it.
I must suffer if I lose it.
Give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute,
but eternity is in it.
A favorite poem by Maya Angelou.
An Aspect of Love, Alive in the Ice and Fire
by Gwendolyn Brooks
In a package of minutes there is this We.How beautiful.Merry foreigners in our morning,we laugh, we touch each other, are responsible props and posts.A physical light is in the room.Because the world is at the windowwe cannot wonder very long.You rise. Althoughgenial, you are in yourself again.I observeyour direct and respectable stride.You are direct and self-accepting as a lionin Afrikan velvet. You are level, lean,remote.There is a moment in Camaraderiewhen interruption is not to be understood.I cannot bear an interruption.This is the shining joy;the time of not-to-end.On the street we smile.We goin different directionsdown the imperturbable street.
We need to revive that poetry thread.
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