Tired Old Black Lady

Tired old black lady

Walking down the street

Moving kind of slow 

On her tired old, long-

Suffering black feet.


Tired old black lady

Five children mother

Black purse in one hand

Tiny wife handkerchief

In her other.


Tired old black lady

With her hair pulled tight

Like a black hard hat

For a factory day

And ghetto night.


Tired old black lady

Music in her purse

Soul saying it’s good

When she knows it’s

Getting worse.



Categories: Selection: Early Years

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