This Bag was named after Naomi Long Madgett, an African-American Poet whose literary work, both as a writer and editor, has made a lasting impression on me.
I truly believe that this world has been made a better and more beautiful place because of people like her.
Naomi Long Madgett's passed away on November 4th this year (2020). Her step-granddaugther, Sarita, was kind enough to reach out to me the morning after Naomi's death. I was saddened to read of her passing, but like Sarita wrote so beautifully, "we have her words to keep us company."
Which is why I'm leaving you with one of her poems, may her words will keep you company, too.
Woman With Flower
By Naomi Long Madgett
I wouldn't coax the plant if I were you.
Such watchful nurturing may do it harm.
Let the soil rest from so much digging
And wait until it's dry before you water it.
The leaf's inclined to find its own direction;
Give it a chance to seek the sunlight for itself. Much growth is stunted by too careful prodding, Too eager tenderness.
The things we love we have to learn to leave alone.