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My Mother

My mother, oh my God
This woman was extraordinary
The woman who gave birth to me
The woman who took care of thee
My mother
This woman was extraordinary
A loving mother 
One who always supported and helped others
She would give what she had 
To bring people out of their struggles
Oh my God
This women was extraordinary
Had her own style
She did not walk a straight path
She loved my father
Although he whipped her behind
This woman was extraordinary
She kept a roof over her children's head
Made sure we were fed
Although she had a drug problem that never stopped her

Vanessa R. Turner
10/16/52 to 09/17/96
She handled her business
She got all that the welfare could give us
This woman was extraordinary
Over the years she became ill
A victim of HIV
A dialysis patient
Although she faced these challenges she sustained
Who she was my mother extraordinary

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