A California Love Story

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A California Love Story


Armstrong, Jasmine Marshall, The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)


At the Ashby Street BART station,

we sit at his card table,

among the panoply of items

for sale, from hand died dashikis

to raw honey that promises

to cure your allergies, keep

infections at bay.

Marvin speaks on Sherley Ann,

Gone fourteen years,

From the torrey pines

of San Diego, where she bruned

so bright with words and truth,

with making poems out

of Ray Charles and Bessie,

The records she'd play

In the Nighttime, hearing Blues

so true, it walked the continent,

jumped the color line,

spoke to the heart of Sher'Anne-

Who worked cotton

as a child in the 50s, warmed

only by fire in a metal drum,

out in Cochran, Stratford,

Waco, Firebaugh. …

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