{Poet’s Corner} My Broken Brother I See You

feature poet | Cathy L. Williams

About the Poet: Cathy is a 45 year old resident of Amarillo for the past 16 years. She is employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The mother of a 15 year old daughter who enjoys doing anything creative and fun.

My Broken Brother I See You

This is what I see in my broken brother:
disappointment, failure, and inconsistency…
if you ask him what went wrong
he’ll say “don’t blame me”

This is what I see in my broken brother:
poverty, lack of knowledge, co-dependency…
just ask him what went wrong
he’ll say “it ain’t in the cards for me”

This is what I see in my broken brother:
taking life for granted, living only for today…
go on and ask him what went wrong
this is what he’ll say…

“I didn’t have a daddy, mama did it all alone,
and ’cause I dropped out of school
I called the streets my home-
I learned to hustle and make some cash
with my buddies in the hood,
and with eight kids by five baby mamas
I did the best I could-
now here I am in prison facing life without parole-
I think now I’ll go to school, learn a trade, give the Lord my soul.”

My broken brother I see you, but not as you could be-
and it’s not until you see yourself will you be all you can be.

Copyright 2012 – Cathy L. Williams. All rights Reserved. No part of this commentary may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the author.

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  1. avatar Cathy says:

    Thanks so much. I can’t wait to post another poem. Look for it soon.

  2. avatar Tony Johnson says:

    Love your poem and welcome to Blackamarillo.com Cathy. I’ll be looking forward to reading more.
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