Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 April 8 * NaPoWriMo * Day 8 [Poem]

To My Daughter
Come here girl you need to know
Don’t think my world’s a garden path!
I have been bitten by the rabid dogs
Who jumped their fences
And dug holes that made me stumble and fall
It took a while
I got back up limping
Grabbed some crutches
Picked up a flashlight
Mapped a new route
And continued on my way
Even when all I had was faith
And everyone else doubted my destiny
That’s why you can’t give up
Never bury your head
After you twist your ankle
And the dogs snarl and bark
With threatening teeth
Stand up straight
Like me baby
Don’t think my world’s a garden path!

By Cheryl Crockett
       Here is the official Day 8 prompt        
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  1. Cheryl, this is simply beautiful and in the spirit of Langston's "life ain't no crystal staircase." Bravo!

    1. Thanks! I had to go back to elementary school and the poems my teachers taught us during Black History Month - "Mother to Son" (http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/mother-to-son/) and "Cross" (http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/langston-hughes/cross/) were the first two that came to mind.