“The Land of Life: Royal Eighty”
Willis “Bing” Davis
poster designed by Yamilet Perez Aragon
You are Sankofa returned
standing on the edge of now
textile love integrated with mask making
storytelling in multi-colored chalk.
Griot is that jazz in your finger-tips?
Connections rooted like baobab trees
oak and ivy
“Jump back, honey
jump back.” Traditions of carried burdens
released into sidewalk drawing
turned sculptures, turned language,
community blended patterns, sketched
decoded waves of paint
gripping brushes, turned dance
echo of history.
Handmade in jewelry
magic of woman
turned wife, lover, turned eternity.
ancestral spirit indigenous-like dreams lived.
Who do you say that I am?
Legacy building legacy
a living artifact
African-Appalachian “A blessing to be black.”
Red clay rituals
shaped forty years of teachings
Fathering stretched into framed Skyscrapers,
empty space filled.
“Pull from within”
said those five siblings
Diamond Avenue's second lifetime
one west side city block, be gateway
triangled visions migrating like aging
lines, pronounced wisdom.
Landmarks should never be moved
roots-of-joy shrine visually
eighty is the season of awakened destiny.