Black Poetry : Inside My Momma's Dresser Drawer

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  1. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    If I were to choose
    On that last day,
    The final resting place,
    I would return
    To my Momma's dresser drawer
    Which reminds me of
    The hollow chambers
    Of her womb
    Where I first began

    And cloak myself
    In her over-sized, cotton panties
    The ones with the pshchedelic
    Colors of the late 60s

    And listen to the transistor radio
    That she beat me
    For losing at school
    Although I found it
    The very next day
    But the bruises on my back
    Still
    Took a lifetime to heal, anyway
    And she didn't even say
    "I'm sorry"

    If I must be buried
    Then let it be with
    The wisdom
    Of the boiling water
    That she threw across my face,
    And offered me
    A baptismal in the belly of hell
    But still I resisted
    The demonic embrace
    Because innocent children
    Who lose transistor radios
    Should never be sacrificed
    This way

    Although, over time
    I learned to love
    The thrusts of her belt

    And as I sit and
    Recoil myself in its'
    Thick, leather, folds,
    Contemplating the death
    Of skin cells
    And the cremation of souls,

    I reacquaint myself
    With the fabric
    Of her old clothes
    LIke her double-"D" cup
    Brassiere,
    Which looks strangely similar
    To my own cup

    And I think,
    How mysterious it is
    That this fashion
    Has repeated itself
    Although,
    I have never laid a hand
    On my own children

    But we are both victims,
    Nonetheless

    And I wonder
    If,
    On her last days,
    She too retreated to the corners
    Of her own

    Momma's dresser drawer....


    Hunter
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    Hunter ... thank you for sharing this peace again. You have no idea how, when I first read it, it changed so many of my views ... regarding Momma's. Gave me to know that my experience, is not the only experience. You took me outside of my little bitty world and made me see a whole big world ... inside your Momma's Dresser Drawers.

    So very gracious of you to share.

    I Love This Peace.
     
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    This was a good read!!!!!
     
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    I could not

    even begin to describe the emotions that ran through me reading this...it is everything the world should never be to a child....

    but Hunter, through all the sadness, one thing is clear...you have strength of character to be able to talk of this in such a way..

    and that same strength can carry you down that painful, lonely road, one step at a time...we never forget...but we have to leave it where it belongs...in the past..

    so keep visiting your Mommas dresser drawer, until you don't need to go there no more.....

    K
     
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    So creatively brave of you to share this piece again. My reaction is the same...a deep breath and a moment of pensivness.

    BE
     
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    Ms. Hunter...

    I must agree with all before me. You are courageous, for you know from whence your strength comes. I believe you are anointed to edify the masses through your gifts. Who else, but a soul who has suffered, can tell the story of a conqueror? You are MORE than a conqueror and it is no accident that you've seen the darkness inside your mother's dresser drawer.

    I await further word. You have so much more to say.

    Thank you

    a
     
  7. UbZoRbShUn

    UbZoRbShUn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hunter

    with every stroke of your pen, you have given so much to us. I too agree with the masses. You took me there. I have never been inside momma's dresser, but in reading this I was right there with you.





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  8. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Poets..your comments have not been left 'un-read'. I take all of your thoughts with me as I continue to tunnel my way through and along this journey into 'self'

    much love

    Hunter

    :heart:
     
  9. Joyce

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    Hunter...once again,

    You leave me speechless and this time with teary eyes.

    *Chosen For My Collection*
     
  10. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Again Joyce...thank you for considering my Momma's Belt...
     
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