Winston-Salem Transit


Pepper Building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Pepper Building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

I searched those streets where you lived

Looking for kernels of inspiration

For elements of human transformation

And found towering remnants

Caught in the web of time

Some broken, twisted, stacked

And restacked like bricks

Still unwavering

Stars and Stripes and Southern Pride

Sweltering in the heat

Of well-kept summer side-walks

Where once powerful men and women

Soft with the lull of southern speech

And hardened by songs sung

In fields of the Tobacco King

Stood strong, Arms linked

In the carving of American history

Now lie silent in the decay of buildings,

in stone sculptures

in designated placards

Of Sit-In Victories

 

I searched to find your voice

Imprinting the human struggle

In shuffling spaces Shifting spaces

In the Winston-Salem bus terminal

Under the shadow of history

Sketched in the plate-glass window

And found lilting voices and flashing smiles

Of grandmothers squeezing together

Laughing about blueberries and store sales

And a new born grandchild

Dark like the daddy

And pretty like the momma

Was gonna be a big girl

In a shifting world,

And don’t you wanna see her picture though?

 

Brick by brick.

 

July 9, 2014

 

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