Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Please Stay Strong

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Please Stay Strong

Article excerpt

got laid off

got babies

got a man

but still ain't got no honey

got laid off

got babies

got a loving man

but still ain't got much money

guess i'm gonna have

to call uncle sam

get a little help from the man

to help me pay my dues

momma's old and

poppa's still cold from 'nam

us living together

sharing bread and

the blues 'cause

everybody needs a little something

and sister's young enough

to earn a little something

so i guess i'm gonna

call uncle sam

get a little help from the man

to help me pay my dues

little ones learning,

eating, playing and growing

watching us cry, standing on line

cutting corn bread to the nines

counting dimes for birthdays gifts

and a little wine

with us singing the blues by the stove

'cause we all know

i'm gonna call uncle sam tomorrow

'cause i'm young and strong and

willing to sell whatever i can to the man

to help me pay my dues

the checks will come

to heat 'em up

so they can eat

when i'm on my knees

counting my time

like a faceless clock

on the auction block

the kids will play

and momma's still old

and poppa's freezing cold

my loving man

holding it down

putting it down

feeling a little low

'cause i ain't 'round

'cause i got laid

on the unemployment line

now i'm standing strong on the front line

with uncle sam and his crew

singing the i love

I love

I love my country

blues

lifepoetry by Tantra-zawadi

© 2010

Tantra's recent appearances include the New York Public Library of Performance Arts at Lincoln Center, Badilisha Poetry X-Change Festival in Cape Town, South Africa and the Montserrat Poetry Festival. …

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