My friend Charles Reese wrote this poem in honor of my late mother Syble Allen Williams (March 1, 1921 – February 9, 2013). Thanks Charles for this rare gift; it makes her passing a little bit easier to bear. — Leslye Joy Allen
by Charles Reese
Today feels like a poem for Syble
Syble’s poem is moving
Syble’s poem is taking action
Syble’s poem is moving toward something unknown to man or woman
Syble’s poem is moving beyond the limits of state apparatuses, struggling to control freedom outside its natural formation
Where poems are her songs
Holding us up
Keeping us together
Walking in the Spirit
We are moved
We are changed
Because today feels like a poem for our newest Ancestor…
Queen Syble Allen Williams.
Welcome to the fold.
And so it is.
(Charles Reese is an Audelco Award-nominated Actor, Writer, Curator & Founder of The James Baldwin Project; and original actor & editor of the late Howard B. Simon’s Stage Play James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire, published by Glover Lane Press.)
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