friday nights with grandma : poem eleven

30 poems in 30 days
day 11: april 17, 2010
(photography by kwesi abbensetts)


friday nights with grandma

hand-me-downs are for white folks
my mama gave bubble gum and kisses on the cheek when i was sleep
covered by the thickness of grandma’s cover
we all were raised in this house
some longer than others
me longer than the woman before me
dear god don’t let me grow up to be like her

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