bell hooks (September 25, 1952 – December 15, 2021)

listen little sister
angels make their hope here
in these hills
follow me
I will guide you
careful now
no trespass
I will guide you
word for word
mouth for mouth
all the holy ones
embracing us
all our kin
making home here
renegade marooned
lawless fugitives
grace these mountains
we have earth to bind us
the covenant
between us
can never be broken
vows to live and let live

bell hooks (Gloria Jean Watkins, September 25, 1952 – December 15, 2021), “Appalachian Elegy (Section 6)” from Appalachian Elegy. Copyright © 2012 by bell hooks (Gloria Jean Watkins).

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