Frederick Douglass

or one of the many small ways that life can be amazing

 

Fordham class interviewed

Mary Douglass Saturday in the Bronx

for her service for her life. Forty years

she’s volunteered at St. Barnabas Hospital,

after she retired from being a teacher.

A relative, they said, of Frederick Douglass.

When she told us about her life she explained

that her first teaching job  a small town

in Maryland 1952 not allowed to go into

a whiskey store if she was teaching school

Mary said that there she met

a handsome military man

named Frederick Douglass. She married him and

had two children: Frederica and Frederick Jr.

and that’s how she is related

to a few people named Frederick Douglass.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.

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