I have not seen Muhammad in over a year, but suddenly he is here running alongside the car that I drive, pumping one celebratory fist into the air. He’s shouting praises in response to my Barack Obama bumper sticker. He runs so close to the car that I get nervous and pull over to the curb. He is slimmer than I remember with longer hair and eyelashes. Although his cheekbones have sharpened and his voice is in a lower register, he is still not mature. He looks androgynous in the way of eleven-year-old boys. I sense the man that he will become, though; he lurks like pond life just behind the boyish eyes.
--excerpt from “Go! Be a Superhero,” an essay in 44 on 44: Forty –Four African American Writers on the Election of Barack Obama 44th President of the United States (Third World Press 2011).
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