Marjory Wilkins named Peacemaker

Community Choir honor at Winter Solstice concert Saturday

Marjory W. Wilkins can't help snapping away, even when she is the honoree. The photographer who has lovingly chronicled the Syracuse community for almost seven decades sat in the front pew last Saturday night at Plymouth Church downtown with Onondaga Nation clan mother Audrey Shenandoah and poet Jackie Warren-Moore for the Community Choir's annual Winter Solstice concert, this year titled Deep Peace. Mrs. Wilkins, recipient of the Choir's Peacemaker Award, was particularly busy during the performances involving the children's section and the young people's ensemble from Nottingham High School. The Choir asked poet Jackie Warren-Moore to write a tribute poem for the event, which she performed during the event.

Our thanks to her for providing the text, which is used here with permission.

A Tribute to Mrs. Marjory Wilkins

Thin fingers at the ready

Click click

Poised on the shutter

The pulse of our community

Click click

Snapshots of history

Our truth

Our memory

Our love

Click click

Keen eyes watching

Taking it all lovingly in

Click click

Not seeing her

As she whispers among us

Until you hear

Click click

Mother grandmother

Photographer elder

Not telling

But showing us

How much

How deeply she sees

Click click

Piecing us together

Connecting us

All in the bigger picture

Click click

Life captured

Saved and catalogued

Through the eyes

Of someone

Who loves us.

(c) Jackie Warren-Moore.

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