I was made from Southern Women. Mattie Jean’s blood flows in my veins. Aunt Maysel’s grit stiffens my spine. The joy of Aunt Pat’s chocolate pie shines in my eyes. Grandma Hankins gave me laughter. And most of all Grandma Mac gave me my soul. Their blood, grit and soul have long departed. Motes in God’s - eye returned to the stars. Yet their spirit remains. Lifting me from darkness, When I would fade to nothing. Shaping my path when my feet lose their way. Yes Southern Women made me; from the red Arkansan clay.