Cheryl Butler

Cheryl Butler
queens ny
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I Love My African American Mom
Growing up an African American woman, in my life holds a lot of thought provoking stories! I grew up in an urban city to a single mom of eight kids.I love or traditions here in our country for American African women! I love our tradition of cooking.In this country, we have the custom of Mother's and daughter's here cooking together.My favorite dish for us is soul food cooking.I love cooking Collard Greens.I've been cooking them for th past twenty year's. I am now at the point without me I love my African American Momat in them! I've really grown and it shows.My mom who was born and breed in Georgia. A southern peach.She taught me how to cook them very well, you see I was the youngest of her eight.I used to stay with her in the kitchen all the time! I learned very good recipes from her.In tradition, the women always at big, dinners, would be together in kitchen talking, and cooking all night, but usaully it would be me and my mom because my sisters were older, grown women.I loved helping my mom though.

She taught me about the cooking of Collards. She taught me first the cleaning method.Collards are always in dirt.You have to clean them really well.My mom told me'the best Collard Greens are the ones cleaned right''If not cleaned right they are disgusting'. If they are not cleaned right they usually have dirt in them or they taste gritty.That's how you know they are not cleaned right.They have to be cleaned right!
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2.
The Welch
Beautiful but dark,
enlightened but fearful of what?

Secrets hiding out front
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3.
[it's All Coming Back ]
Thinking, truly,
Mama knows best,
thoughts twirling,
around, on my inside, nest.
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4.
The Clay And The Stardust Part Two
The Clay and The Stardust (part 2)

In the first Galaxy,
In the third,
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5.
A Cowardly Disguise
Twirling around in swirls
hurt in pain
inside
dwindling
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