Unfinished Works of Art ~ A Poem and Ode to Black Women

Picture of Dr. C. DeLores Tucker in red suit and turban for the poem Unfinished Works of Art

Dr. C. DeLores Tucker

Unfinished Works of Art –  a Poem and an Ode to Black Women

For Dr. C. DeLores Tucker

In 1995, I wrote a poem, called “Unfinished Works of Art.” I dedicated it to Dr. C. DeLores Tucker. She, along with the Honorable Shirley Chisholm and others, founded the National Congress of Black Women at the urging of Rev. Jesse Jackson.   Dr. Tucker used to call me “The Blue Eyed Soul Sister.”  I met her when a group of us founded the Prince William County, Virginia chapter. (Of course, I was the only member of the Caucasian persuasion.)

Dr.  Tucker was the first African-American female Secretary of State in Pennsylvania and so much more, as you will learn if you click on the link below the next photo.  She cared deeply about the education of children and about the political processes which occur in formulating governmental policy.  She was a strong, regal, elegant woman, who always wore a turban that matched her many-hued suits.  See her beauty here.  I miss her. I think I sent her a copy of my poem; but, it all happened some years ago, and I cannot remember.

What inspired me to write this poem, aside from my long history of involvement in civil rights causes, was my looking around at a room full of beautiful Black women, of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Everyone was dressed in the traditional black suit, with a purple, gold, and black Kente cloth across one shoulder. (Kente cloth originated from the Ashanti people in South Ghana. Below are samples.)

Kente cloth - used to depict the poem about multi-hued African-American women

By Adam Jones – →This file has been extracted from another file: Kente Kumasi 2010-06-30.jpg, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43284458

Learn more about Dr. Tucker at http://www.philadelphiamlk.org/Pages/CDeLoresTucker.aspx.

Now, here is my poem describing the elegant, intelligent, socially aware and active Black women with whom I kept company that day and for a long time thereafter. That is one group of women whose company I love. They are conversant about almost every topic of importance, they are actively loving,  and they are supportive of educational and social service to the whole community. I am so blessed to have spent time with them.


The Poem

(c) 1995                   Nancy (Ayanna) Wyatt                All Rights Reserved

Dedicated to Dr. C. DeLores Tucker  For Showing Us The Way


They say that Martin had a dream

But, he is not the Only One

Who awakened from a sound sleep

In the midnight hour of

America’s Apartheid

Creator God, Behold Your Daughters!

A multi-hued array

of African-American art.

Each one

Wearing the stamp of individuality

In feature, as well as in mind,

Rather than coming from some classic,

Uninterrupted mold

Which can be had at Tiffany’s

Or Woolworth’s.

The same hip

That balances a baby

With an old wood stirrin’ spoon

Can balance

A briefcase and a laptop computer.

The same lips

That shout, “Come here, boy!”

Can form the words,

“Mr. President, I object.

Here is what we’re going to do.”

People, don’tcha’ know

That – to this very day –

Whenever a manchild is born

The Old folks’ intently piercing eyes

Ask the question once  again,

“Are You The One?”

But, I ask each of you

Women sprung from the womb

of Mother Africa

Molded by the Master Hand of God Who Loves You

Beautiful Works of Art ……….  In Progress

I ask YOU

Are You The One?

Note: the new President and CEO of the National Congress of Black Women is Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esquire.

I hope you enjoyed my poem and that you also will look at scripts I’ve written to describe the life and times, beauty and courage of people with whom I worked who were homeless, drug-addicted, HIV+ and who overcame many challenges with their courageous spirits. Those scripts now are in a playbook, called “3 Hots and a Cot.”

In addition, I created a play, called “Break The Chain.” It is about domestic violence. It has helped people see in themselves patterns of negativity and recognize they can make the change.

Do It The Write Way! Let My Fingers Do Your Talking!


About Nancy Ayanna Wyatt

In addition to being a writer/editor, creator of infographics, and a highly engaging presenter and trainer, I am an ethical, energetic, and multi-faceted manager, demonstrably successful in directing human and financial resource allocation, contract administration, policies and procedures development, and supervisory functions. I have managed diverse departments, ranging from business offices to police, to name only two, while working for multi-national corporations, non-profits, higher education, state government, and small businesses. I have created extensive procedures, manuals, and training programs. I use the Internet, MS Office Suite, and presenter software. I have created 3 Word Press websites "from scratch." I sell photos on merchandise at https://pixels.com/profiles/nancyayanna-wyatt. My earned reputation is for fair play and for keeping people informed at all levels. I am praised often for my communication skills, which include listening, public speaking, writing and editing, training, and interpersonal relationships with people of all ages, cultures and hierarchical levels. An example of a presentation is "How To Start A Business," for which I provide extensive notes in English and Spanish. https://mypersuasivepresentations.com/classes-how-to-start-business/. Seminars on many topics may be booked through my website or by calling me. You also may hire me to create/and or present new teaching or training projects!

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