We have a winner!

Yes, oh, yes, our girl Windshield Rosary is correct with the answer that June Jordan (1936-2002) should be credited for "We are the people we've been waiting for," from her "Poem for South African Women."

WR, Congratulations!! I love it when people LOOK STUFF UP and GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE. Drop me a line immediatamente at to claim your $25 Target gift card.

Hey, everybody who commented publicly and emailed me privately, thanks for playing my silly game. Check back next Tuesday for another Target $25 contest. I want you to win.

Here's June Jordan's exquisite poem:

Poem for South African Women

Our own shadows disappear as the feet of thousands
by the tens of thousands pound the fallow land
into new dust that
rising like a marvelous pollen will be
even as the first woman whispering
imagination to the trees around her made
for righteous fruit
from such deliberate defense of life
as no other still
will claim inferior to any other safety
in the world

The whispers too they
intimate to the inmost ear of every spirit
now aroused they
carousing in ferocious affirmation
of all peaceable and loving amplitude
sound a certainly unbounded heat
from a baptismal smoke where yes
there will be fire

And the babies cease alarm as mothers
raising arms
and heart high as the stars so far unseen
nevertheless hurl into the universe
a moving force
irreversible as light years
traveling to the open eye

And who will join this standing up
and the ones who stood without sweet company
will sing and sing
back into the mountains and
if necessary
even under the sea:

we are the ones we have been waiting for.

from Passion: New Poems, 1977-80, by June Jordan
copyright 1980 June Jordan



  1. That WR. She is brilliant, no? And has a GREAT target next to her home. With escalators even.

  2. Y'all are such good sports. Thanks for playing and hanging out with me.