Oct. 18, 2009
I want love to be like a good pot of greens
pick the tenderest parts
separate from the hard stem
wash gently and thoroughly
removing every bit of dirt and grime
rinsing over and over and over
with the clear clean water of forgiveness
season with savory meat, herbs and spices
and then simmer, simmer, simmer.
Fabu is the third Madison Poet Laureate and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Madison with one Masters of Arts in African Languages and Literature and another Masters of Arts in Afro-American Studies. She has published two chapbooks, From Down Home in 1999 and In Our Own Tongues in 2002. The Madison Arts Commission will publish a collection of her children poems, Poems, Dreams and Roses in 2009. Parallel Press will publish African American Life in Haiku in 2011. Her web address is www.artistfabu.com.