It’s such a small detail in the shiny story –
getting to talk to folks
who have been gone a long time.
I would like Harriet Tubman, please,
to walk and talk with me.
I want Langston Hughes,
dreams deferred in a still small voice.
Heck, I want Mark Twain,
Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson,
Susan B. Anthony, Cesar Chavez,
and Rosa Parks.
I promise not to keep you –
I gave up booth-building
a long, long time ago.
Also Mama … Mama?