In our short nation history
a dark cloud, the ancestral figure sits on our shoulder
of all Americans, troubled from the start —
the beginnings of a young, brave nation enslaved in the memory
of social injustices, of tribal talk, of master planners,
so entrenched is the injustice, a weapon evolves from
the long despair of narration, from different different worlds,
with no balanced harnessed action, on a sunny day —
but in guns.
Toni empowered us in awe of mighty words and historical worlds, magnificent
in design and complex in depth. Thank you, Professor Morrison.
-August 6 2019
In Memory of the Great Toni Morrison, our Beloved