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Friday, November 30, 2018

Poetry Friday--Happy Birthday, Shirley Chisholm!

Shirley Chisholm was born on November 30, 1924. In 1968, she became the first first African American woman elected to Congress, and, four years later, she became the first African American candidate for a major party nomination for President of the United States! Shirley Chisholm was a mover and a shaker!

Source: Equality Now.

As a birthday remembrance, I've taken several of Chisholm's quotations and mashed them together to make this "found poem":
Shirley Ate a Bushelful
(A Found Poem)

There is little place...

for an independent
creative personality

for a fighter.

Anyone who
takes that role

must pay a price.

Be as bold as
the first man
or [woman]
to eat an oyster.


If they don't give you
a seat at the table,
bring a folding chair.

Sorry, I don't have birthday cake to offer! But, there are plenty of poetry treats found today at Carol's Corner.


  1. Making a found poem of S.C.'s quotes was a good way to celebrate her birthday. I hadn't heard the oyster quote before -- ha! That's pretty bold :-)

  2. I love this!!! Especially the last line!!!

  3. Wonderful, Diane. I remember knowing that she was elected. It was a moment to celebrate. Love that 'folding chair'.