The Last Quatrain Of The Ballad Of Emmett Till

Gwendolyn Brooks

(after the murder,
after the burial)

Emmett's mother is a pretty-faced thing;
the tint of pulled taffy.
She sits in a red room,
drinking black coffee.
She kisses her killed boy.
And she is sorry.
Chaos in windy grays
through a red prairie.




Last updated September 17, 2015