For Beautiful Mary Brown: Chicago Rent Strike Leader, No. 2, 1971
A professor of African American studies, June Jordan is the author of Poetry
of the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint and Civil Wars: Selected Essays
and many other works. She composed the lyrics and libretto for the opera I Was
Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky.
All of them are six
who wait inside that other room
where no man walks but many
talk about the many wars
Your baby holds your laboring arms
that bloat from pulling
up and down the stairs to tell
to call the neighbors: We can fight.