Fabulous Poem to share!!


G.E. Patterson

I had everything and luck. Rings of smoke

Blown for me; sunlight safe inside the leaves

Of cottonwoods; pure, simple harmonies

Of church music, echoes of slave songs; scraps

Of candy wrappers – airborne. Everything.

Mother and father, brother, aunts, uncles;

Chores and schoolwork and playtime. Everything.

I was given gloves against winter cold.

I was made to wear gloves when I gardened.

I was made to garden; taught to hold forks

In my left hand when cutting, in my right

When bringing food to my mouth. Everything.

I had clothes I was told not to wear outside;

A face you could clean up almost handsome;

I had friends to fight with and secrets, spread

All over the neighborhood; the best teachers,

White and colored. I’m not making this up.

I knew that I had everything. Still do.

Lovely poem,  peyton

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