Throughout Walker's poem, "For Malcolm X" she mourns the loss of an African American leader who made a major impact on many. With eight lines in the first stanza, Walker describes the mourners, describing those who feel a great sense of loss after losing Malcolm X. The remaining six lines go into detail about the influence Malcolm X had on people, "You have cut open our breasts and dug scalpels in our brains" (12). Why the use of such gruesome vocabulary for a poem supposedly comemerating someone? I think the intense not only grab the readers' attention but also leaves a lasting impression about how influential Malcolm X was to some people. He didn't literally cut open breasts or dig scalpels into brains but he did affect their heart and minds forever, I think that's the point Walker was trying to drive home.