Mary Williams

Always I Hear Your Voice - Poem by Mary Williams

Always I hear your voice
Though you’ve been gone a good few years.
‘Dirty girl! ’ as I chuck down an apple core.
‘What will they think of next? ’ and
‘Do any of your people like fish? ’

My people, my tribe, my family
ate the fish you cooked; your people
ate something different, with averted eyes.
I hear you making excuses for them.

Letting go of my own young
My voice will echo in their heads
Thus: Get some sleep, cook proper food for yourself,
If you can’t afford it you can’t have it, and
Remember we love you.

Different messages.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 23, 2005

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