Black Poetry : Just wanted to say goodnight

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  1. PatriceCQueen

    PatriceCQueen Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    She said “I Love You”
    I responded to give her a lifeline
    Because parents just don’t know
    How many times the nurturing lacked
    Creates a chasm in the soul of child self

    She goes to sleep
    Hoping someone will call again
    Where she can pretend that life is capable of being better
    Than what feels like total abandonment
    No family lives near enough for her to touch

    Reasons for ACS to get a wake up call
    About separation of children from healthy family members
    And what is healthy in a city without housing
    In a country that puts its citizens last
    Because livable wages nonexistent global

    Poverty makes mothers walk away from children
    In hopes that one day they will return to pick them up
    Take them to that better place
    Hope that none has abused them in the interim
    After 2 ½ years of separation they will say I love you to a scarecrow

    For they define their lives by counting absent people
    Regretting that they have to be the adult in their lives
    That immigration grasp at illusive dream of money makes it better
    That someday America will fix it with way too many hours of work
    No place for aliens to rest their heads long enough to gain reprieve for children abroad

    It is hard to know her time is running out
    Where people will help without demanding something
    She is short and skillful and writes pretty words of how this life curves
    Do you want to know what happened to me today, she said in angelic hum
    It has been a bad day and the strain feels like she is losing her merciless mind.

    Tell me what you look like, I have forgotten the faces of family members
    Everyone has changed and their faces unrecognizable
    She calls after the phone card minutes ran out
    Three times she let me know she did not want me to go
    Tomorrow she will wake to repeat Jamaica’s ignorance

    Children, Children – yes mamma
    Where have you been to - Grand pupa
    What did he give you - Bun and cheese
    Where is my share - up in the air
    How shall I get it - climb on a broken chair
    Suppose I fall - I do not care
    Who taught you that bad manners - The dog
    Who is the the dog - YOU

    I hope that we will be together soon
    I hope that we will be together soon
    Mommy can you make it real soon
    Momma can you make it real real soon


    Patrice C. Queen
     
  2. watzinaname

    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This piece makes me think of the distances put between family, the time away that can't be recaptured, and the moments cherished. Emotive words poetess.
     
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    you are absolutely correct. I agreed to adopt her only to find out a few days later she is a cousin. She has lost her house to the person that was a servant who was to take care of her and in return have use of the house when my aunt who was raising her died. From what I gather almost shortly after moving in she humiliated her into leaving by mistreatment. She is still only 17 now and was about 12 when this happened. The sad thing is when people of affluence forget their responsibility to the little ones because they adopt nuclear ideas and leave children of loss at a disadvantage. All I can say is God dont like ugly. So she is again falling back into family hands. So many let the ball go on this one. The truth is in Jamaica when children are problematic it is an easy way to make them independent and blame them for their status. I was born under old law and do not have the capacity to inherit. So I am deemed a poor relation. I had been out of the loop as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse trying to maintain at a distance. I had not been an active family member for nearly 25 years. So this child was off my scope. Now i am still not fully on the radar but marked present. I guess it is an example of family members playing Ostrich.

    Patrice
     
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    yes sad but so true

    children are the real thing

    and it's sad to see what they (we) have to go thru

    and what mothers, fathers, families have to go thru to live

    and this line is so right

     
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    yes without livable wages people are last.

    we must fight for more family stability and nuturing time for children instead of warehousing.

    Patrice
     
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    HI Sis
    Your flow here have touch me
    all of us, because
    It should never be hard to
    do the simple things
    yet i have no idea why
    the turn of the world is making the simple
    task the hardest. Just to stay above wate.
    much love . This is a thought opener drop for real

    Peace~N~Love
     
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    yes it should be the most basic of jobs, should we train everyone of the requirements of parenthood, that there should be required reading before marriage or birth of a child and test might be helpful......

    we must do something

    our children should not be warehoused in schools and penitentary places.

    patrice
     
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