Thelma B. Thompson
for Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois
From sparkling stars of sun-swept Africa's Womb He burst born brave. Black comet come to commit to same. Heir of Hadrian, brother of broken boys Endowed, yet not bowed to intellect nor sect Extraordinary man for extra ordinary times.
Timekeeper of a race set pace Olympian in his right. Right of wrongs left. Speak, man of finest letters, prime thinker Write, write of thoughts thought. Unrecorded by silent suffrage souls.
Centurion Dreamedolddreams of history's hate Of oldmothers' eternal birth pains sold Of frail fathers' faith foundlost to gold. Middle passage, message, Massage doubloons and fears America's bounty, bargain blocks, Black Tears Stubborn slave triangle, Indelible saga Nightmare of that visionary Radical, root of wrongs.
Prophet, relentless relay-runner In man's Marathon race for race, Sprinter, sole splinter