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My Mother Said



My mother said she was African

no matter where she stood

you could take her feet off African soil

but you couldn’t take her African good


My mother said her mother

was the mother of civilization

you could take her name

you could cause her shame

but you couldn’t take that salutation


My mother said I was royalty

crowned Prince of the Motherland

she said I was the one

God’s promised son

and back home I was truly grand


My mother said my melanin

was a gift and I should be proud

she said darkness of hue

is God’s gift to you

your personal protective shroud


My mother said my hair

like Sampson’s represented strength

She said one shouldn’t hide

their race pride

the power’s in the lock not the length


My mother said many things

and most I put on a shelf

but one thing is clear, I can still hear

“SON, LEARN TO LOVE YOUR SELF”

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