(Note: the author wrote this poem as a response to Amiri Baraka’s “Beautiful Black Women.” Baraka’s poem brings to mind her personal remembrances.)
Beautiful martyr mother, fight, never break. Love them, win.
They’re of your blood, bring them back. Love them, win.
Innocence, dry tears, fight back. Fight for them for family is
the basis of love, basic need. Win. Love them. Unfair
prosecution. Find the meaning of family values, win, don’t lose sight of
love, family is the bonding of blood, bring them back
to their rightfully deserved home. Beautiful martyr mother, roll with
the punches and keep on movin’. They need you. They cry for
family, they cry for their true home, they need you. Win.
They need you, fighting, unfair prosecution. These horrible judgments of
innocent, family values reign, the jury, win, they cry, and their tears
soon shall dry in justified justice. The tensions are high hanging in limbo, their
innocence and purity, the unfair prosecution, the fight for values, the loss of meaning
and absence of family. Family. Mothers. They need you. Closer to values
closer to justice, never give up fighting for your constitutionally justified values.
Keep on fighting. Bring them back to where they should belong. Win them. Mothers.
stop fighting, never, win them, dry tears, build values, keep fighting and
them, keep pressing for family values, their tears will be gone soon, justification is
nearly worth the wait, siblings, family values, never break
LIT160 Introduction to Literature, Spring 2006
Printed with permission of author