(for Robert Hayden)
Upon Hesphestus forge
freedom rings, freedom rings.
Mjlonir, Uru hammer of Thor,
wielder of thunder and lightning.
Arthur’s Excalibur from molten ash
and iron tempered water,
The Horns of Joshua and Roland,
Slave songs and southern spirituals,
August hot bebop in Paradise Valley,
Straight hair, doo rags
and Sunday evening meetings,
American or Negro singer,
African rain and homeland wind Griot.
by Albert Ward – Patches