sowing seeds

Children with Mom (Photo by Devin Allen)

from the master’s
slave quarters
and humble slums
grew strong men

from the open fields
war kitchens
and vast auction blocks
grew diamond rocks

from their battered hopes
and buried dreams
grew wildflowers
that refused to bow
or be broken

• Last of four poems published in honour of Black History Month (February 2020)

Lamont Lilly is a political activist, former columnist, poet and people’s journalist. During the Movement for Black Lives, Lamont traveled the U.S. as full-time field staff and a national organizer. Much of his writing derives directly from the marginalized—from the streets of mass struggle, and the Black experience in the U.S. South. In 2016, he was the Workers World Party U.S. Vice-Presidential Candidate. E-mail him at: Read other articles by Lamont.