And God Said
I’ll make a woman, a woman of essence,
A woman of pride, a woman who is capable
of putting trivial things aside.
A woman of individuality,
a woman of love,
a woman who is enfranchised
with the pearls from above.
A woman who is genuine,
A leader of integrity.
God said . . .
I’ll make me a REAL woman,
And I’ll call her D | S | T .
- Author Unknown
One True Delta
A Woman of love, peace, and happiness,
with a passionate, burning dream,
to become one of the women
who wears the Crimson and Cream.
Her heart, like the elephant,
is as strong as can be,
while, like the pyramid, she has three sides:
one side for them, one side for you,
and always one side for me.
Her love for D | S | T
was evident from the start;
when asked, "Why be a Delta?"
she said, "It's just in my heart!"
With the wind to her back,
and God's presence there just the same,
her dream reached reality,
and a Delta she became.
So she will wear the Crimson and Cream,
and it will be there to stay;
because she will be "One True Delta"
until her last dying day.
- Soror Jumond Greene
DiSTinguished [Dedicated to the 22 Illustrious Founders]
Distinctive, devoted, delightful, dedicated
women of distinction;
carrying themselves proud yet humble,
as the young girl is surrounded by the elders,
she gazes at these . . .
Women of distinction,
dreaming that someday
she could be like them too;
cherished and loved.
Yet with all the love and honoring they receive
they carry themselves with more humility than you and me;
those are the women of distinction.
They pass through a crowd and stand out,
only because they know what it is to live with and without;
they know what it is to work hard without recognition.
As they rippened on the tree and their flowers bloomed,
they hung gently from the tree,
suddenly to be noticed by you and me,
because that is not what they're all about.
But because you can't ignore the doctors, the lawyers,
the dreamers who live the dream,
the aspiring women who created hope in us,
the women who would not stay on the back of the bus;
the warriors when no one else would fight,
the leaders when few wanted to follow.
This is to say thanks to those who made it possible
for me to be here today,
living my dream among the crop as the cream.
- Soror Paula Marshall