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Southern Mammy Sings (Hung Up On A Dream)

'Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die  
 Life is a broken-winged bird  
 That cannot fly'  
           -Langston Hughes  
   
   
Mammy done hung some clothes on a line,  
All dem white sheets in a wind was flyin'--  
An' ole Mammy's hair was wrapped up tight,  
Oh, tight as dreams jus' crawlin' away  
As if they night critters lit by day.  
   
An' if two pennies a dream do make,  
Why can't dem coins lay claim to stake  
What Mammy given, shore she'll take --  
It ain't enough for a fair shake  
If she found dem rizen in de weeds she raked.  
   
An' if some bird rose on the wing  
Nuttin it dropped wouldn't change a thing  
Dem linens' colors wouldn't never change --  
Their whiteness ever would remain;  
A spot of brown would be a stain  
To be removed by lye and rain.  
   
An' if there ever was a time  
Mammy hung soilt laundry on de line  
Colored as earth all dusty brown --  
Such freedom would upset dis town  
To hear the birds would sing that proud  
Lawd, dey would just shoot 'em down!  
   
             .....
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Author's Note
Written for the 'We Are Beautiful And Ugly Too' comp. Inspired by 'Southern Mammy Sings', by Lanston Hughes. Quoted lines are from the poem, 'Dreams'. Also, written to honor Martin Luther King...
Written for the 'We Are Beautiful And Ugly Too' comp. Inspired by 'Southern Mammy Sings', by Lanston Hughes. Quoted lines are from the poem, 'Dreams'. Also, written to honor Martin Luther King Day
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=22887
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