Art of Poetry’s Kelly DeMaegd wrote her poem after the sculpted book by Kara Elizabeth Walker located in the upper left of the photo. Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.
NOT MY STORY
After “Freedom: A Fable” by Kara Elizabeth Walker
I revere certain institutions:
concert halls, libraries, museums.
I speak in low tones, walk
delicately, sit or stand
quiet and thoughtful when presented
with another person’s art.
But not here, not today.
I want to smash this window,
crowbar the lock from this case,
grab the book, Freedom: A Fable
and hold it in my hands.
Thumb the pages, read the words,
try to understand what is meant
by A curious interpretation
of the wit of a Negress
in troubled times. I want to jump
inside, walk among
the silhouettes. I could do it,
no one would know.
I would be nothing
but a beige smudge next to
the laser sharp black.