Southern Love

Fabu is now in her third year as Madison Poet Laureate. This is her poem in honor of two exciting February events: African American History Month and Valentine’s Day. She recently published Poems, Dreams and Roses, a book of poetry for elementary, middle and high school students. The book is available in local bookstores or by contacting her at

Southern Loveby Fabu

I want love to be like a good pot of greenspick the tenderest partsseparate from the hard stemwash gently and thoroughlyremoving every bit of dirt and grimerinsing over and over and overwith the clear clean water of forgivenessSeason with savory meat, herbs and spicesand then simmer, simmer, simmer.