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 an independent journalist, Black radical activist, poet and community organizer based in Durham, North Carolina. In 2016, he was the Workers World Party U.S. vice-presidential candidate. Follow him on Twitter @LamontLilly Read other articles by Lamont.