Black Poetry : 2and Best

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  1. Sassysammy

    Sassysammy Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    2and Best

    When I look in the mirror,
    All I see is you,
    Papa,
    The one who spoke values as truths,
    You’d brag to your boys “see that beautiful baby God blessed me with that’s mi hija”
    5 years old on daddy’s shoulders,
    Bag of puffy cheetoes in hand,
    Being paraded throughout the streets of NYC
    Routinely to St. James Park,
    In that swing set,
    Watching you pop baskets” yeah papa that was all you”
    The roles would change rearrange,
    As you now yell at my games,
    “Mi hija let them know it was I who put a ball in your hands,
    And a 23 on your back and sent you to conquer the world!!!”

    When I fell and started to cry you hauled me up looked me deep in my eyes,
    And said “Mi hija Mahoney & Simmons are soldiers, we don’t cry,
    We are strong and we have pride”,
    Wiping tears from my eyes you preached “Crying fixes nothing”
    “Instead get up and go at it with all you’ve got!”

    See he prayed for a son but God gave him a daughter,
    So he raised his daughter to be a son,
    Now she can’t choose which one

    The mantra she plays back in her head, encouraging words of papa,
    “Let them know it was I who put a ball in your hands and a 23 on your back,
    and sent you to conquer the world!!
    But do not bring me bronze and do not bring me silver,
    if you bring me anything Mi hija you bring me gold,
    because there are no second best in this family,
    Don’t ever step in any one’s gym, on anyone’s floor,
    Put on anyone’s jersey, bounce anyone’s ball, strap up on anyone’s drum,
    play anyone’s drum, throw anyone’s kick or pick up anyone’s hockey stick Mi hija
    NOT UNLESS YOUR HEART IS IN IT!!

    Through the years she became hardened and highly disciplined,
    Regarding any sport she played, hearing her papa’s mantras,
    “Mistakes happen Mi hija but only once!
    They make a fool out of you they make fools out of us to,
    Don’t destroy our name our pride is all we have!”

    See he prayed for a son, but God gave him a daughter,
    So he raised his daughter to be a son,
    Now she can’t choose which one

    She doesn’t have it in her to quit,
    She strives to be second best to no one!
    The idea of it makes her physically sick.
    She tells him “papa all I ever wanted was for you to be proud of me, so I dedicated myself to everything I thought would make you happy!”

    “That’s fine a well Mi hija but failure is not acceptable!”

    “Understood, but papa a hug is all I ask”

    “You do not need to be held, I held you when you were a baby,
    Buy now you are grown, Mi hija you are the spitting image of me,
    You must understand I pushed you beyond your perceived limits,
    So you could be 100 xs better than I could ever be!”
    No child of mine will be second best,
    They will always stand out amongst the rest,
    They will be that brightest star on the clearest of nights,
    Although I raised you ruff I raised you right!”

    “But papa, papa, can’t you hold me in your arms”,

    “No Mi hija, I held you when you were born,
    But now you are grown,
    I love you Mi hija,
    I raised you strong,
    For no man’s help will you ever have to call on,
    No lloro Mi hija,
    Simmons & Mahoney are soldiers we don’t cry,
    We just rise to the occasion; we succeed against all odds,
    We dedicate both heart & soul!
    Never reaching for bronze or silver always gold.
    So go on Mi hija make papa proud!”
     
  2. LovesDestiny

    LovesDestiny Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Wow! Sometimes we are pushed beyond the limits and the expectations placed on us are so overbearing when all we really want is to just be ourselves and be held! Thats so deep! Great write!
     
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    There is nothing wrong with striving for the best, but none of us are perfect, and when the best is out of our reach, we still are worthy, of a parent's hug. Gee, that's often when we want that hug the most. Quite a touching write.
     
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    Sassysammy Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    thx for the read poets, as always i appreciate the love it was a topic that needed to be talked about happens to way to many gifted kids.
     
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    pushing it to the top and making a proud move is a great value
    this was very enlighting
     
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