DIAMONDS OF MASON COLLEGE FESTAC:REMINISCENCES 122 AND MAMA DIDN’T RAISE NO PUNK (IN MEMORY OF OUR EX-PRINCIPAL,MRS OLA MBONU)


 My Mama Didn’t Raise No Punk

Let me say this…

My mama didn’t raise no punk!

Not when she would slam dunk me,

Away from public view.

Or dared me not to do those things,

She told me to.

Or take my time!

Mama came from the old school.

And she didn’t hesitate,

To strike fire to my behind.

 

Let me say this…

My mama didn’t raise no punk!

She knew exactly what she was doing with me.

She raised me to become independent.

Not a chump.

 

I was raised to use my mind.

And defend my thoughts!

And any gift I got from mama,

Is was bought for me because it was earned!

Like those whippings for my backtalk.

My mama didn’t have easy lessons taught.

None that I remember were for me quickly learned.

But over time I did.

Since I didn’t like to sit…

On a burned butt after getting whipped!

Eventually they sunk in…

Those lessons.

Deep.

To stay.

If I was ever to become a punk…

It was going to be done mama’s way.

With a tormenting whipping,

As she held me,

Screaming…

‘I’ve got it, if you want it.

And you’re going to get it good.

What’s my name? ‘

Mama.

 ‘What is it? ‘

 Mama.

 ‘And don’t you forget it!

Who’s your mama? ‘

 You’re my mama, mama!

 ‘That’s right!

And don’t you forget it,

Not one bit.

Or I’ll be back to give you more…

Of some of this.

Don’t play with me, boy! ‘

Dedicated:

My Mother, Edna Pearl Roberts (Prudhomme) Pertillar

And my paternal Grandmother, Clara Louise Countryman Pertillar

‘Thank you! ‘

Lawrence S. Pertillar

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The Hand

by Mary Ruefle

The teacher asks a question.
You know the answer, you suspect
you are the only one in the classroom 
who knows the answer, because the person
in question is yourself, and on that 
you are the greatest living authority,
but you don’t raise your hand.
You raise the top of your desk
and take out an apple.
You look out the window.
You don’t raise your hand and there is
some essential beauty in your fingers,
which aren’t even drumming, but lie 
flat and peaceful.
The teacher repeats the question. 
Outside the window, on an overhanging branch,
a robin is ruffling its feathers
and spring is in the air.

– See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19982#sthash.XAMtDf7j.dpuf

The Hand

by Mary Ruefle

The teacher asks a question.
You know the answer, you suspect
you are the only one in the classroom 
who knows the answer, because the person
in question is yourself, and on that 
you are the greatest living authority,
but you don’t raise your hand.
You raise the top of your desk
and take out an apple.
You look out the window.
You don’t raise your hand and there is
some essential beauty in your fingers,
which aren’t even drumming, but lie 
flat and peaceful.
The teacher repeats the question. 
Outside the window, on an overhanging branch,
a robin is ruffling its feathers
and spring is in the air.

– See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19982#sthash.XAMtDf7j.dpuf

The Hand

by Mary Ruefle

The teacher asks a question.
You know the answer, you suspect
you are the only one in the classroom 
who knows the answer, because the person
in question is yourself, and on that 
you are the greatest living authority,
but you don’t raise your hand.
You raise the top of your desk
and take out an apple.
You look out the window.
You don’t raise your hand and there is
some essential beauty in your fingers,
which aren’t even drumming, but lie 
flat and peaceful.
The teacher repeats the question. 
Outside the window, on an overhanging branch,
a robin is ruffling its feathers
and spring is in the air.

– See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19982#sthash.XAMtDf7j.dpuf

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