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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Midway

Some days dawn full of hope and promise... and it makes it that much easier to go on....
This poem has always inspired me. I hope it inspires you as well.


MIDWAY
by Naomi Long Madgett
I've come this far to freedom and I won't turn back
I'm climbing to the highway from my old dirt track
I'm coming and I'm going
And I'm stretching and I'm growing
And I'll reap what I've been sowing or my skin's not black.
I've prayed and slaved and waited and I've sung my song.
You've bled me and you've starved me but I've still grown strong
You've lashed me and you've treed me
And you've everything but freed me.
But in time you'll know you need me and it won't be long.
I've seen the daylight breaking high above the bough.
I've found my destination and I've made my vow;
So whether you abhor me
Or deride me or ignore me,
Mighty mountains loom before me and I won't stop now.
Today history was made in our country... I have been happily singing the Democratic Party's theme song; Happy Days Are Here Again all day....
What does this have to do with flying? When someone we admire aims high and SOARS it gives us hope. Just as I said in the story that started this blog, there are so very few black women pilots because no one told us we could fly, I had to learn on my own I could fly, in whatever way i chose, I know now that you or I can seek the highest office in the land because last night someone told me I could FLY!
A toast to the Way Showers....
AIM HIGH!
Cookie

14 comments:

doretha said...

Thank you Cookie for introducing some of us to Naomi Long Madgett. Here is a bit of history for those who are not familiar with her.

Madgett, Naomi Long (b. 1923), teacher, poet, publisher, and editor; born Naomi Cornelia Long. In “He Lives in Me,” a poem in Adam of Ifé (1992) honoring her father, Clarence Marcellus Long, Sr., Naomi Long Madgett states the principles that underlie her own achievements: faith, integrity, and personal and social responsibility. As a child, she had free access to his book-lined study, discovering early her love of poetry. When she was fifteen, her first collection, Songs to a Phantom Nightingale (1941), was accepted for publication, though two years had elapsed before it appeared. Two editions, containing additional early poems, have been issued: Phantom Nightingale, Juvenilia (1981) and Remembrances of Spring: Early Collected Poems (1993). The second of these also includes her second collection, One and the Many (1956).

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