Carole Boston Weatherford


Born in Baltimore, Carole Boston Weatherford earned a BA from American University, an MA from the University of Baltimore, and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has written more than 40 books, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (2006), winner of an NAACP Image Award, a Coretta Scott King Award, and a Caldecott Honor; Becoming Billie Holiday (2008); Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane (2008); Birmingham, 1963 (2007), winner of a Jefferson Cup and Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award; and The Sound That Jazz Makes (2000), winner of a Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for Social Studies. She often writes about African American history, families and traditions, and jazz. In an interview, Weatherford says, “When I was growing up, there was no multicultural literature. … So that was a void in my life. I was just happy to see that there were so many more opportunities for my kids to read books about children of color.” Source

You Go to My Head

I sang my songs so much

that they became

the soundtrack for my dreams,

the melody of my moods,

a room I lived in,

and a balm for my wounds.


I sang my songs enough

to know them backward

and forward, enough

to wonder if they could lift me

from hometown haunts

to center stage.


I’d sung my songs enough

to think I could take on

Baltimore’s best talent

at the Harlem Theatre

Amateur Hour

and maybe even win.


If you sing a song enough,

it can go to your head that way.





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Joy & Praise

Music & Sports

Literary Devices:


the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


a recurrence of the same word or phrase two or more times