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LAWD, AH'M TOO TIRED TO SHOUT

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 An discussion between an overly-worked southern African American woman and GOD.

by Carolyn V. Crawford AKA Rachel Dunkerque Evalina, Evalina, Won't you come on and shout! You didn't come up to Heaven To sit down and pout. AH KIN POUT EF AH WANNA, LAWD AH'M TOO TIRED TO SHOUT. BEEN A LONG TIME GITTIN' HEANH AH'M JES TOO TIRED TO SHOUT. But you ought to want to shout Since it took you so long Don't you feel like shouting With this heavenly throng? 'SIDE FROM MY OLD BODY BEIN' SO ACHY AND TIRED AH'M GITTIN' TIRED O' YOU NAGGIN' ME TO SHOUT, SHOUT, SHOUT! YOU RIGHT, AH BEEN A LONG TIME GITTIN' UP TO DIS PLACE EF AH HAD DE STRENGTH, AH'D SLAP YOU IN DE FACE YOU DIDN'T MIND ME WOIKIN' SUNUP TO SUNDOWN. PAID NO 'TENTION WHEN AH WRINKLED FROM ALL O' MY FROWNS YOU KNOW, DIS TIREDNESS STARTED BACK WHEN AH WAS FIVE YEARS OLD LONG 'FO AH EVER KNOWED AH EVER HAD A SOUL. AH LUGGED BUCKETS O' WATER TO WATER DE CROPS HOED AND HOED TILL AH THOUGHT AH'D DROP PICKED BERRIES IN DE MOANIN', IN DE HEAT OF DE DAY WASHED CLOTHES FUH DE WHITE FOLKS TILL MY HANDS TURNT GRAY. But Evalina, Evalina, that's all over now You came up to Heaven to rejoice and wear a crown. So Evalina, Evalina, please come on and shout Let's rejoice for a while, now come on and shout. GIMME TIME TO BLOW MY BREAF, LAWD AH AIN'T MADE O' NO STEEL MY FEETS HURTS ME SO BAD AIN'T 'BOUT TO GIT TO MY KNEES TO PRAY UP TO DE POINT O' SHOUTIN' 'CAUSE MY KNEES ACHE, TOO SO DON'T TELL ME AH'M JES' POUTIN' MY SHOUTIN' IS THROUGH 'SIDES AH SHOUTED ENOUGH DOWN WHERE AH COME FROM AH THOUGHT DIS PLACE WAS QUIET OR AH WOULDNA COME. ALL DESE FOOLS JES' HOLLERIN' JES' SHAKIN' AND SHOUTIN' LAWD, AH AIN'T CRAZY. AIN'T GON' LET YOU WEAR ME OUT. Evalina, Evalina, you have to hear me out I can't let you sit down, you have to come on and shout Everybody's singing, rejoicing and shouting Nobody came here to sit down and pout. LISTEN HEANH YOU PROPER TALKIN' SUCKER AH'M SAYIN' ONE MORE TIME EF YOU DON'T LEAVE ME ALONE AH'M GON' KNOCK YOU FLAT DOWN. AH AIN'T SHOUTIN' FOR NOBODY AH AIN'T SHOUTIN' 'ROUND NO THRONE AH AIN''T ACTIN' LAK NO WILD DOG HOLLERIN' FUH A BONE AH DON'T CARE EF THE THRONE IS MADE OF PURE GOLD AH DON'T CARE EF MY WINGS WON'T UNFOLD LAWD, EF AH CAN KEEP SETTIN' HEANH DAT'S JES' WHAT AH'M GON' DO SO YOU MIGHT AS WELL ACCEPT DE FACK DAT EVALINA IS THROUGH AH AIN'T SHOUTIN' FUH YOU AND NOBODY ELSE EF YOU WANT ANY SHOUTIN' DONE, DO IT YO'SEF AH'M GON' SET RAT HEANH ON DIS COMFORTABLE SEAT SO EF AH WUZ YOU, LAWD, AH'D GIVE ME SOME ICE TEA LET ME SET HEANH AND WATCH GWONE, HAVE A GOOD TIME EF YOU DO LAK AH TELL YOU WE GETS 'LONG JES' FINE BUT DEAR LAWD 'FO YOU GO IT'S TO YOU AH GIVE MY PLEA BRING ME A TUB O' HOT WATER SO AH CAN SOAK DESE TIRED FEET IT'S BEEN SO ROUGH GITTIN' UP HEANH AH DESERVE A LITTLE TREAT CAUSE LAWD, AH'M JES' SO TARD, DEAR LAWD, AH'M SO BEAT.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 6/10/2021 11:37:00 PM
That's great; what a beat in every bit of poetic expression!
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Date: 3/9/2015 9:14:00 PM
Very well written with easy flow rhythm and impeccable imagery. The rhythm and story line are perfect and flow with an inviting defeated beat. It says a lot instilling deep thought! I wanted to read this piece several times to fully grasp the imagery in my mind and equate it with the feelings that this piece fosters and I enjoyed it each time. Emile. #7
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Date: 2/13/2015 12:23:00 PM
Enjoyed reading your work..It is hard to unstand the slang..I knew a lady once who had five children whom she home schooled plus taught music(piano) in the afternoons plus was a pastor's wife..She said she was just going to sleep the first thousand years when she got to heaven..Welcome to soup..Sara
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