When they asked James Meredith
what it was like to be
the first black student at Ole Miss,
he replied: “It’s like you walk in the dark
and a bird flutters in the bush.
I have walked in the dark
and the bird is always fluttering.”
from It Was the Singing (Sandberry Press, 2000), copyright © Edward Baugh 2000, used by permission of the author and the publisher.