6 thoughts on “Mother”

  1. Your poem was so good. I also used the link to read, “I am negro,” too. Our nuclear family is diverse. My youngest son is black. He prefers black over other descriptive terms. Compared to my skin tone, he is very dark! We were given custody of him at 10 hours old. I was able to breastfeed him, as I did his older brothers. We do not see color and I forget about it. Sometimes people are shocked when they first meet him because I just tell them he is my son! The social worker asked us how we would raise him to be a good black man. My husband’s reply was that we would raise him to be a good man.
    We’ve provide black-oriented literature for him as he’s grown up. His favorite saints are St. Moses the Black and St. Martin de Porres. He’s now 21 and I think he’s an amazing young man. I am so proud he is my son. He’s a 5-year fire fighter and a 2nd year Iron Worker apprentice. He had his FF1 and EMT1 by 17 and hasn’t looked back. ( He’s working intensively FF3 and EMT3 now). It’s been a wonderful life and he’s been our joy. He bought his first truck. It is black and even has all black bumpers, etc. His license plate is “Dark Man.” He’s so funny. Great kid. Thanks for the journey you gave me today!!!

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    1. We love St Moses the Black at our house. I love that your family is color blind. We strive for that in our home as well. So far, I think our boys our of the same mind. Thank you for taking the time to respond 🙂


  2. Your poem is wonderful and as the mother of five, I could easily relate to it. What a great lesson for your students. Thanks for sharing the link to this poem. I love Langston Hughes!

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