We begin with grandmothers. Isn’t it something else when you think we came out of of our grandmothers- in a very physical way… Her body gave either our father or our mother. You are physically a part of her body. Of course not everybody has a loving relationship with their grandparents or even *has* grandparents they know. Some people become our grandparents because of the air you breathe together or the houses you shared or the streets.
Part of a poem Face by Jean Toomer, it is a sad poem but he wrote it with so much love for the grandmother… loving her face:
like streams of stars,
quivered by the ripples blown by pain,
mist of tears
condensing on the flesh below
From: November Cotton Flower
Brown eyes that loved without a trace of fear,
Beauty so sudden for that time of year.
All of the poem November Cotton Flower:
“Caroling Dusk: an Anthology of Verse by Black Poets.” Edited by Countee Cullen.