by Delores Dudley
Tribute is more than a twenty-year journey of writing rhyme,
as I prayed, and I cried, and I laughed hard inside,
And I thought very deeply about issues way too grave,
remembering ancestors who were African slaves.
Yet, remembering the voices and the faces of Americans true,
some of the best people ever known to me and you.
All races, all colors, Americans, the best people still thriving on earth:
I am grateful to have experienced the authentic American way,
a journey in love and in life since my birth.