To My Mama

To my mama, I would like to say . . .
before you or I die
to keep it real with me,
day by day.

To my mama, I would like to say . . .
I apologize for not being
there for you when you needed me most.
The hurt I’ve caused you, you shouldn’t have to pay.

To my mama, I would like to say . . .
although there were bad break ups,
horrible fights ending in blood shed,
it wasn’t your fault. I’m glad you didn’t stay.

To my mama, I would like to say . . .
when my sisters came into the world,
I was worried about getting replaced,
but now I see you love us all in many different ways.

To my mama, I would like to say . . .
sorry for being disrespectful to your husband.
I know you expected more of me
and for forgiveness, I pray.

To my mama, I would like to say . . .
it’s been years since you’ve talked to my father as a friend.
He’s let go, so it’s your turn to let go of the grudge.
Try out a whole new friendship and indulge.

To my mama, I would like to say . . .
I’m glad that since I’ve moved,
You’ve been more involved in my life,
taking away some of the strife.

To my mama, I would like to say . . .
that I love, adore, and admire
you for the strength you’ve had throughout the years,
without breaking down and crying buckets of tears.

by T’Keynah, 10th grade

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