A Native Son Council Taylor

© Carlos Raul Dufflar 7/17/1999

I have seen the Black earth and red carnation
From Bedford-Stuyvesant rise from the Atlantic waters
Working on a cruise ship crossing the ocean
Dancing and speaking to one another about human rights
Passing through death during World War 2
The great drums of peace and love and justice
Learning in the mountaintop
As he graduated from Yale with a PhD
Spirits of the ancestors connected us
As he taught his students the science of living history
The precious moments in the wings of my youth
At Old Westbury
From the grapevine I’ve learned of your transition
A day doesn’t pass without thinking of your words
I stand proud of the few that knew you
And celebrating you as a hero
As the Black Count
He who knows while the river flows
As the hawk flies and blesses us all

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