On Mother’s day, my mother and I attended our family church in Shreveport, LA. My Great-Grandfather used to be the Pastor there before he handed the church over to the current pastor before he passed away. We grew up in California and the rest of our family still live in Lousiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. So, it has been roughly 40 years since my mother has been back to Louisiana. She was overjoyed. My mother lost her vision to Glaucoma and her ability to walk properly due to Osteoarthritis. It is pretty difficult for her, considering Dementia has been added to the mix, but she is moving through it like a soldier. I am proud of her. She’s had a pretty good year this year, thus far. Her two youngest grandchildren just went into the USAF, United States Air Force, my youngest. And my oldest child, her oldest granddaughter, will be going the summer of ’18. All in all, her cup runneth over. So, Happy Mother’s Day mom and We love ya.
Now, as I was saying before I got sidetracked, the Pastor read this poem by Langston Hughes at service and it had truly touched me, especially since I had never heard it before. I know, shame on me. But, I am up on it now and I wanted to share this poem with you as well.
My mom is the sexy lady in the wheelchair.
Children, I come back today
To tell you a story of the long dark way
That I had to climb, that I had to know
In order that the race might live and grow.
Look at my face – dark as the night –
Yet shining like the sun with love’s true light.
I am the dark girl who crossed the red sea
Carrying in my body the seed of the free.
I am the woman who worked in the field
Bringing the cotton and the corn to yield.
I am the one who labored as a slave,
Beaten and mistreated for the work that I gave –
Children sold away from me, I’m husband sold, too.
No safety, no love, no respect was I due.
Three hundred years in the deepest South:
But God put a song and a prayer in my mouth.
God put a dream like steel in my soul.
Now, through my children, I’m reaching the goal.
Now, through my children, young and free,
I realized the blessing deed to me.
I couldn’t read then. I couldn’t write.
I had nothing, back there in the night.
Sometimes, the valley was filled with tears,
But I kept trudging on through the lonely years.
Sometimes, the road was hot with the sun,
But I had to keep on till my work was done:
I had to keep on! No stopping for me –
I was the seed of the coming Free.
I nourished the dream that nothing could smother
Deep in my breast – the Negro mother.
I had only hope then, but now through you,
Dark ones of today, my dreams must come true:
All you dark children in the world out there,
Remember my sweat, my pain, my despair.
Remember my years, heavy with sorrow –
And make of those years a torch for tomorrow.
Make of my pass a road to the light
Out of the darkness, the ignorance, the night.
Lift high my banner out of the dust.
Stand like free men supporting my trust.
Believe in the right, let none push you back.
Remember the whip and the slaver’s track.
Remember how the strong in struggle and strife
Still bar you the way, and deny you life –
But march ever forward, breaking down bars.
Look ever upward at the sun and the stars.
Oh, my dark children, may my dreams and my prayers
Impel you forever up the great stairs –
For I will be with you till no white brother
Dares keep down the children of the Negro Mother.
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