I know your spirit lives on through poem and song.
as your words. your rhymes. your rhythm.
jazz rhythm. funk rhythm. love rhythm. blues rhythm.
you co-wrote the soul of rhythm. blues. people.
you had a blues all your own.
a lifetime expressed over one long blue note
Architect of the Black Arts Movement
you set pages afire
by a mouthpiece so sinister
still leaves some folks afraid to administer you the title of cultural hero
but you lived
writing and speaking your own truth
"Slaveboy, leroy from Newark Hill"
speaking and writing your known truth
your goddamn mind.
By Danielle Hall
Coverage on Amiri Baraka's passing