Last night we watched

I Am Somebody a film by Madelaine Anderson

I’ve seen it many times but not for years     ( $2.99 to buy online)

1199 Hospital Workers Strike in 1970

Charleston South Carolina  Medical College

Andrew Young Coretta Scott King Ralph Abernathy

my old boss Moe Foner on the phone

he said his name was Foner for a reason

last night we watched African American women workers in Charleston

talk about discrimination talk about pay

Peter’s cousin from Culpepper Virginia here too

we watched together debated how much

50 years later how much life is different now.





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.


  1. How much is different now, 50 years later? I vacillate from hope to hopeless. Despair. Right now, I see a resurgence of ugly. Maybe probably never eradicated, but hidden. Underground. Would’ve loved to eavesdrop on your discussion. Debate. What has changed?

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