When they asked James Meredith
what it was like to be
the first black student at Ole Miss,
he replied: “It’s like you walk in the dark
and a bird flutters in the bush.
I have walked in the dark
and the bird is always fluttering.”
from It Was the Singing (Sandberry Press, 2000), copyright Edward Baugh 2000, used by permission of the author and the publisher.