Melanie Henderson



Old Glory
never changes her colors
of blood, hope, and blues

we tell our relatives
to stand still
against the ominous combination

the promise of
explosives and heartbreak,
executions and stunted midlives,

black nights and heavy memories
we say smile
because we love what she represents

in that ritualistic folding
before we lay her gently
atop filled boxes.



Melanie Henderson is a 5th-generation native of Washington, D.C. She is a recent graduate of Howard University and a candidate for an MBA from Trinity University- DC. She has shared her poems live on “The Workshop” with Dr. Tony Medina on WHUR 96.3 FM on Joe’s Place. Her poetry also appears in the Spring/Summer/Fall 2005 Edition of Drumvoices Revue, the forthcoming edition of X Magazine (London), and Warpland Journal: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. An artist as well as a poet, and the Sole Proprietor of JALEM Designs, Melanie has graced the corridors of the D.C. community with her poems, paintings, and fashion design.


Published in Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2006.