She rubbed her eyes to the southern Florida sunrise
Said, "I can't see the city lights from here."
Struck art and love in Louisiana blocks from lullabies and voodoo tears
Rooted dark blue under the Carolina moon
Orange clay made everything the shade of poor
Sweet tobacco dirt between cool tough toes
Cotton bowls, green bean rows
She blinked her eyes to the southern Baptist sunrise
Said, "Jesus, make me free."
Broke tradition and bread with Yankee pride to root honey hues amongst thorny bloom
Planted her soul and family below a rainbow
Hope rocks, faith rolls
She opened her eyes to the southern Carolina sunrise
Said to the mountain, "Move."
Braced wildly against life and mediocrity in the West to sew solid love in streets caked in doom
Staked and anchored by a shoeless memory
Solely planted for purpose, joy, and hope.
With faith entangled between her fingers, she moves.