Praise thee and clap thy hand,
For a wonderful God has created this land.
Praise thee and stomp thy feet,
For there's an evil devil
We all have to defeat.
Praise thee and give the glory,
For life is just a tiny story.
Alicia Jackson was 13 years old and attended Garnett Patterson Junior High School when this poem appeared. She was also a member of My African Soul Sisters group at Sojourners Neighborhood Center.