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Frame Poem by Malasia Reid

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“I Remember”

 

 

I remember you weren’t there for me

I remember when I was three and I would fall and cry - who was there - not you

I remember when I was five and I lost my first tooth, you didn’t put it under my pillow at night

And when I was nine I had my first recital - you weren’t there to cheer me on, mother was

I remember the first time I saw you for who you are

I remember when my mother sat and told me that she loves me - you never did that for me

I wish that I didn’t look like you - but I thank you for that because I’m beautiful

I remember

I cannot remember you buying me anything beautiful, like a golden necklace

I cannot remember the smile on your face when I took my first steps or said my first word

I want to remember spending time with you, but I can’tbecause you weren’t there 

I want to remember the day you will come to your senses and realize you’re a dad

My mother remembers you not being a great father

She was the one to up bring me since birth

But I remember my life as it is without you

I wish I couldn’t remember your face but it's burned into my memory

I know that you have to earn the title daddy

 I remember that because my mother told me so.

 

Excellent, Malasia.  Very heartfelt.   

 

 

"He who learns but does not think is lost! 
He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger!" 
Confucius 551-479 B.C. (Chinese philosopher)

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"YOU make choices, but  CHOICES make you." (DOS)
 
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.” (FDR)

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DID YOU KNOW THAT NO PIECE OF PAPER CAN BE FOLDED IN HALF MORE THAN SEVEN TIMES?  TRY IT.  THEN GET BACK TO WORK.

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