Deep in the face of dignity, there is a talent undefined by race
Undefined by a simple phrase, designed for praise because of grace
He raised the bar, he paved the way, he played each part with nobility
He forged his way, he carved the day, with courage and humility
In a racist world, he earned respect, where few before had found the way
He crawled inside each role he played, and gave them life, so deep within
He wore the skin, of many men, with a gentle wind's resistance
One early role, that stirred the pot, a plot that pledged his love's fair skin
Yes! Shocking some!!.....But soon he'd find, applause for wedging understanding
A cause that spiraled racial growth
Another role where deadlocked chains, with ankles bound, were fugitives
while on the run, we cheered them on........and viewers too, unlocked old ways
"To Sir, With Love" above, beyond, his art would teach us how to change
"Mister Tibbs!!"........he said it clear!!....."Don't call me BOY! Don't you dare!"
We believed in what we heard, courageous rage, that we could cheer!
He sang with nuns while we clapped hands.......they built a church in desert sand
He won awards for gentle grace, and won a place in history
He warmed the screen with soul and truth, and paved the way for striving youth
who want to be a legend too, be it black or white or green or blue
Bahamian bred, Defiant One, Ambassador, Freedom's reward
Against all odds, he logged his time, to change the tide of narrow minds
A winsome smile, with deeper lines, that swayed the Lillies of the Field...
For Franks Contest: 6/21/13