This is a draft of something that I’m working on for the Soul Revival Exhibition that Authentic Contemporary Art and Meroe Art Gallery is co-sponsoring in Baltimore. The exhibition is scheduled for May 1st-August 1st, 2010, with the opening reception on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 6-9 p.m.
(based upon a piece by Nijla Mumin)
At a lilt or an intonation,
He extends limbs,
Forefingers hide thumb,
A thin double stripe encircles the arm
Of a school uniform blue or grey,
His fingerprints could etch the ceiling.
Should she let him hold the chalk,
Conjugate his French,
Discuss invertebrate taxonomy,
Evaluate chemistry or Latin.
A nod or whisper,
To simply chime out his name,
Allows him a voice,
Praises an affirmative,
Fosters an education.
By: Bonnie MacAllister