Black Poetry : When REAL MEN step up to the Plate...

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  1. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    While trying to organize a family reunion
    So old and young could meet and communion
    I called near and far:
    West Coast to East
    North to South
    Compiling names, numbers and addresses
    Whew! I can’t tell you how great the progresses
    I made in talking to some folks I didn’t even know existed!
    Most were friendly.
    But there was only one mean, OLD, CROTCHETY cousin who resisted.
    But, I went on sending out letters and email
    *Now, just bear with me, I’m getting to the crux of my tale……*

    Well, during one of those phone calls, a 2nd cousin of mine
    Decided she needed to explain and define
    Her “relationship” to ME
    Well, that really wasn’t necessary
    Cuz I already KNEW her DADDY, (my mother’s 1st cousin)
    Wasn’t her biological father.
    But, she never knew that until AFTER he passed
    He held it until his last
    Breath
    Even his pending death
    Didn’t loosen his lips.

    Cuz ya see, his love always did eclipse
    Any lack of blood-lines
    Nor made any kinds
    Of difference.
    So, I told her that she was STILL my COUSIN
    And, no single deterrent nor a dozen
    Would keep me from saying so!
    If she was good enough for HIM
    Then, it was still the same status quo!
    He raised her and loved her
    She carried his name
    So, to me, and anybody else
    It ought to be the same!
     
  2. $$RICH$$

    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    sho ya right , no reason why not , no need to change love and adore just da same.
     
  3. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Thank you much, Rich!

    This piece was a kind of "Ode to Fatherhood."

    Most of the rest of the family already knew that he wasn't her blood father; but no one ever told her that. HE never told her either. She only found out after he died.

    In my book, THAT'S a MAN and that's a DADDY.


    And when I called her about the "Family Reunion," she, for some reason, felt compelled to tell me that she wasn't my "blood" cousin.

    But I didn't tell her, "Gurrl, I knew that LONG before YOU ever found out!"

    I just wanted her to know that her "paternity" didn't make any difference. She was still my cousin.





    Thanks again, Brother Rich!
     
  4. Harry Hyman

    Harry Hyman Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Cherry Blossom - What a great story. It happens more often than we think. Love doesn't set up boundaries, only we do that. Love doesn't ask to be liked or hated, only accepted. Love doesn't ask for blood to be the same, only that its feelings transcend DNA. You did good with this Cherry Blossom and I compliment your tact used with your cousin. Great story telling to be remembered. Namyh
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Your explanation/definition of Love was pure poetry in itself, Brother HH! :toast:



    And thank you!
     
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    And a great Ode indeed! Wonderful write!


    MaddSistahlyLove!
    Coco:heart:
     
  7. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    ^^^Thank you, Sister Coco!



    Yes, an "ode" to fatherhood and (like Bro Harry Hyman said) to unconditional love as well. :toast:


    Sometimes we need to see and know and acknowledge that both these things do exist.
     
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