the Mamie and Bertha in me

I am a woman

and I honor the Mamie and Bertha in me

the image they continue to give me is one of possibility

I do not have to look back

I will stay on track by taking care of me

these women

they stood tall I never saw their backs break

a slight bend now and again but never broken

I never saw them without what they needed

they showed me with hard work

anything can be defeated

I am not afraid to break a sweat

so you have not even seen the best of me yet

I am like my Great Grandmother Bertha,

she walked through this world on her own terms

she paid the price to decide

when to prop up her feet and go home

this is who I am

my grandmother Mamie turned around and did the same thing

you would always her saying

I will go home before I lose my independence

and she left this world on her own terms

this is where I come from

backs do not break

we walk on through

our souls help us decide what to do

like their great, great, and great-granddaughter Melisa

even though they left her for dead

she has a mission

and she will decide when it is time to go home

so I am going to be all right

this is where I come from

and I have decided

I have more work to do

more light to shine

more seeds to be sown before I go home

I am going to lay my burdens  down

at Mamie, Bertha, Cara, and Margie’s feet

they are already free

and they are waiting on me to finish up this work

and come home and be free

by mozayik “the souls’ poet”  3.11.13

 

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