NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2015 Volume 15.2 - Page 135

III Nelson didn’t flash his teeth for crowds, didn’t have to shuffle, didn’t have to squat. Did sow, yes. All these zinnias sprouting up in backyards in Geneva, Sydney, Paris, Cologne, and Florence — these flowers — works of his hands. 133 BLACK RENAISSANCE NOIRE The veins in his hands, still mighty, ninety-five-year-old roots. His fingers, curled like a puppeteer’s, prompted us to flourish like South Africa’s Motlatse Canyon.