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LATORIAL FAISON was born April 14, 1973 in Southampton County, VA. She is author of eleven poetic titles, including best-selling Amazon Kindle titles Mother to Son, I Am Woman, flesh, Love Poems, The Marriage Bed, the 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History series, and children's book, Kendall's Golf Lesson. This University of Virginia and VA TECH graduate's poetry and prose have appeared in Mandala Journal, The Watering Hole, Obsidian, About Place Journal, Blackberry: a magazine, Chickenbones, Kalyani, Deep South Magazine, The Chattahoochee Review, Poetry Quarterly & elsewhere. Visit Faison online at www.latorialfaison.com. Invite her to your next event. Purchase her books in paperback and downloadable eBook formats at Amazon or Barnes n' Noble online booksellers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

History Woman



It was a dying womb
where you came from dreaming
of life in Norfolk & new shoes
a place to call your own, a clean room

Orphaned, you were grateful
for this little life of yours & mine
that God cared enough to make room
in a house without a welcome mat
where you were too black & too big
for the opportunities of white folks

But you could cook & clean em'
you could love a white child to death
nurse a malnourished black one to good health
with your poor, dark, giftedness

You knew it all 'bout tobacco leaves, "solja" beans,
cotton fields & seasonin' greens. 
when you fried your fish & baked
your famous cobbler dish, it was genius
how you always made sugar from shit.

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