Poetry

Who All Gon’ Be There?

In admiration of the unnamed woman with rollers from Cleveland

Black and white photo of Martin Luther King speaking to a crowd of Black people in Cleveland, Ohio. A woman in the front wearing rollers in her hair is circled in red. A red arrow points to her.
Image courtesy of Cleveland Magazine

Who all gon’ be there?

You went to hear Martin speak with your rollers in
tell me what kinda confidence you rolling in?
that’s the level of audacity that I desire
rollers in my hair, pristine attire
looking Sick and Tired
on the front row
best seat in the house — every show