I Never Knew Her (They Say) - Poem by Sinomhlobo Marwanqa
The say she was a real womaThe say she was a real woman
With big brown eyes
With a smile that belittled the staWith a smile that belittled the stars
With a full round face like mine
With words that can erase all your sorrows
She was my grandmotheShe was my grandmother
The say... But I never knew her.
They say she took care of her family
Beaten and battered by the man she lovBeaten and battered by the man she loved
She could still stand up and be stronger than befShe could still stand up and be stronger than before
Her tears, her dreams, all muffled up by the dreams she had
She was stronger than iroShe was stronger than iron
More precious than any rare stoMore precious than any rare stone
They say she was a blessiThey say she was a blessing
They say.. But I never knew her.
They say she was a woman of great faitThey say she was a woman of great faith
She carried her childre by her teeShe carried her childre by her teeth
All she dreamt of was a better life
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