I fell in love with his desire to take his fear
make Mississippi something stronger out of it.
Put my plans on hold to breathe him up close
help him plant his dreams for a better South.
Wove my spine to his so he could stand
magnolia tall and blossom for all to see.
Birthed him namesakes with enough arms
to carry all of his tomorrows.
He spent every penny of his strength organizing
for a hate-free day and we didn’t waste a single night.