Mockingbird

For Nelle: for childhood tales, the book, the movie and countless rereads

Harper Lee

 

Sang a song

so pure

that people couldn’t

believe it came from you.

Carved the lyrics of your childhood

into the American psyche;

made the world view small towns,

everyday people and themselves differently.

Nelle Harper Lee, you

weren’t a shrinking Southern belle.

No sir, you were made of sterner stuff.

Although you

Remained out of the spotlight like Boo

still managed to change lives.

Although we could never walk in your shoes

You made it possible to see the world through your eyes.

 

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