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Tall and commanding

But never demanding

We are thankful such women

Who are earnest and driven

Have devoted their lives

So that traditions survive

Edna Lewis, caretaker

And a legacy-maker

Of the rich, soulful table

Whenever was able

Shared food and the flavours

So that all came to savour

Folkways of the South

That awakened the mouth

And tingled the senses

While breaking down fences

From enslaved to elite

Oh the people she’d meet!

And the food they would eat

Made her life so complete!

With beauty and grace

Took her merited place

As a black woman proud

Ambitious, not bowed

Generations inspired

From the dishes she fired

A taste of the country

Made her destined to be

To her fans, the devout

The grand Queen of the South!

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