Black Poetry : Grandma was Mama......not you

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by krazelyricks, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. krazelyricks

    krazelyricks Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2003
    Messages:
    1,424
    Likes Received:
    12
    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    da south............ATL
    Ratings:
    +12
    I hate to tell the truth
    But grandma not mama was the one who put money under my pillow for my first tooth
    That while other kids had mothers in their teens and twenties in kindergarden my mama was walking on a cane at fifty two
    She smiled dentures....no real tooth
    I didn't rock name brands, my mama was on fixed income...retired....so when I asked for Nikes she refused
    I was inside reading books and looking outside my window as the other girls ran loose
    Cause while their mothers were mothers......my grandma was not only playing mama she WAS mama......not YOU

    She took me to church faithfully
    Made me pray daily
    And if I didn't have the strength to pray she prayed FOR me
    We didn't have a lot of money
    And she was strict as hell but she was ALWAYS there for me
    She wobbled the six blocks to school like a champ with her cane when a teacher called on me
    She cried when I went to jail for selling rocks to make money
    She fell down on her knees
    To ask God to shield me
    That's my mama.......you just hold the name but she'll always have that title to me

    She explained to me that these n****** in these streets are all sheisty
    She told me to forgive you for not taking care of me
    That the streets were evil but those same streets took me
    Made me a hardknock, pass you daily
    And say nothing but '**** you'.......this **** is crazy
    You see, she was a strong lady
    But after a while she couldn't hold me
    She grew weak and after a while she couldn't beat me
    When she told me to stay in the house I left and she was left crying for me
    I respected her, resented you, but somehow you mama became me
    You see grandma was mama, mama was me.....and I was just a stranger

    DANGER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    More than one girl in my hood had lives like me, it was nothin new
    Mothers as teens, children given to the grandmothers, this cycle is so true
    Grandmamas are abused
    But strong as hell because they raise another generation just to be just LIKE YOU
    But not me though, I got my kid with me and we're alrite without the help of you
    I just wanted you to know you can continued to do you
    Because you never raised me, no papa either, and grandma did a GREAT job FOR YOU
    It's sad but true
    Grandma was Mama......not you
     
  2. $$RICH$$

    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

    Country:
    United States
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2001
    Messages:
    69,983
    Likes Received:
    3,977
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    BUSINESS owner
    Location:
    Da~WINDY*CITY //CHICAGO
    Ratings:
    +4,177
    life can toss a twist at us all yet we know in heart who's who
     
  3. watzinaname

    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Country:
    United States
    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2003
    Messages:
    16,340
    Likes Received:
    114
    Location:
    Northeast
    Ratings:
    +122
    Thank goodness that negative cycles can be broken. Such is a tale that occurs all too often, and you had a potent way of telling it poetess. Great to read you again krazelyricks.
     
  4. Da Street So'ja

    Da Street So'ja Banned MEMBER

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2001
    Messages:
    7,648
    Likes Received:
    40
    Occupation:
    thrivin' spiritually/physically/emotionally/financ
    Location:
    where failure is not an option
    Ratings:
    +42
    sometimes

    grandmoms are there blessings you need to make it

    and they can love and teach you alot

    but you condemn mama

    take a look at why mama didn't take the leadership

    maybe she had her own issues

    maybe she wasn't ready or didn't know and understand how to do the parent

    thing under the apocalypse we presently live

    but in the long run

    thank god somebody was there to show you the way

    to me that goes further then who did what or didn't do what

    but we do long for the ones that birthed us

    to be in that leadership role that we have every right to yearn for

    peace

    great piece to Grandma
     
Loading...