In honor of National Poetry Day, enjoy this poem Sonia wrote in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Morning Song and Evening Walk
Tonite in need of you
I move imperfect
through this ancient city.
what does a liver know of peace
or spleen. kidneys. ribs. be still my soul.
how does a city broker its disease
within the confines of a borough, where control
limps tepid—like carrying a parasol
of hurts, hurting, hurted, hurtful croons . . .
Welcome, my dear sisters and brothers, to my official website. Here you will find information about my books, about my travels, and about all of my work. From time to time, I will offer a new poem; sometimes a bit of audio or video. Please come visit often.
Walk with me in peace and beauty,
Let me wear the day
Well so when it reaches you
You will enjoy it.
Sonia Sanchez—poet, activist, scholar—was the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Temple University. She is the recipient of both the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of sixteen books.