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Do you hear the Bird’s song?
She sings of a phenomenal woman
of beauty and strength
of style and soul
of uplifting words
familiar curves

Did you hear the sound of her voice?
When she spoke she roared
for women and race
with courage and grace

A literary genius
Queen of rhythm and rhyme
a poet
an artist
a woman
a treasure of our time

Do you hear the wings brush against the cage?
The song has been replaced
silence fills the empty space

And the pulse of this good morning and each one to come
forever weakened
now that’s she’s gone

We cherish the gift she’s left us
page after page of poetry
the legacy of her journey
and a life lived phenomenally

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