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Faces&Voices


AN ANTHOLOGY
OF VERSE, PROSE

AND ART

by
the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,
2001-200
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E. R. BRAITHWAITE
Professor

Faces & Voices 4
Faces & Voices 5



To Philip
Shara D. Taylor
Memphis, Tennessee - International Business

People say that you never miss what you never had.
I donít think thatís true,
ĎCause I never had you.
Somewhere in my soul I knew something was missing,
Something that couldnít be replaced with Mamaís kissing.
Why were you never there? Please explain.
I guess I never realized that your absence caused me so much pain.
From this point on your title is revoked.
Donít feel bad now; this is something you provoked.
Please donít bother me or my Mama anymore,
And donít come knocking at my front door.
We donít need you now and we never did.
The last time I remember getting anything from you I was a little kid.
Who are my brothers? Where is my sister?
Whenever I see you now Iíll address you as ďmister.Ē
If you didnít want me, you should not have had me.
Understand this: YOUíRE NOT MY DADDY.


© 2002 Howard University
(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse, Prose & Art, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2002. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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