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Son to Mother

Son to Mother
(A Tribute to Langston Hughes' Mother to Son)

Mama thank you for your wisdom
that you provided since I was in womb.
I am proud to say I’ve become a man 
and on my own two feet tall I stand.

It wasn’t easy, this path I’ve led
being a counter-cultural black man – what so many dread.
But watching you made me strong over the years
and I saw how your walk brought you to tears.

With decent dignity you inspired me
to never accept less than what I should be.
While walking and doing the very best you could,
believing that crystal stairs came after the wood.

And now that I have finally arrived,
it’s because of your courage that I survived.
So for that, mama, I say a job well done;
from your example, I can teach my own son. 

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