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Margaret Walker: I Want to Write

I want to write
I want to write the songs of my people.
I want to hear them singing melodies in the dark.
I want to catch the last floating strains from their sob-torn throats.
I want to frame their dreams into words; their souls into notes.
I want to catch their sunshine laughter in a bowl;
fling dark hands to a darker sky
and fill them full of stars
then crush and mix such lights till they become
a mirrored pool of brilliance in the dawn.


This poem is available through the Internet Poetry Archive sponsored by the University of North Carolina Press. For educational use only.

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Margaret Walker (1915 – 1998) was part of the African-American literary movement in Chicago. Her notable works include the award-winning poem For My People (1942) and the novel Jubilee (1966), set in the South during the American Civil War.

4 comments on “Margaret Walker: I Want to Write

  1. triciaknoll
    March 29, 2017

    Lovely. Thank you for posting.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Gospel Isosceles
    March 29, 2017

    Didn’t she have a famous poem, “Songs of my People”? Is this an excerpt of it?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Gospel Isosceles
      March 29, 2017

      Oh nevermind, just noticed the caption. I guess it was “For My People.” It’s a stunning and rhythmic work.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. sherryshavon07
    March 29, 2017

    Write about what?

    Like

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