Auntie (We really just got to know the meaning) By Y. Shabazz

 

 

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We can’t lose another Auntie

We really just got to know the meaning

Blessed to have them to ourselves even for a moment

A smile, a hug, a gentle kiss on the forehead to remind…

They give us our grandmother in spite of the inevitable

They give us a patient shoulder and a look

…A look…

Just a look…

If you never had that look my words could never fully explain

Our words would wither in vain

Just a rambling explanation of something not to be counted,

Calculated, measured, or even seen

…Its only felt…

It’s a sensation…

Ethereal in its composition

Felt in the parts of us that soak up sweet language like

Cornbread to pot liquor

not so special looking on from the side, but oh so delicious when it gets inside

Special they are….Auntie

That word just feels good on the tongue don’t it?

…Auntie….Auntie…Auntie

…say it out loud…

Feels so good don’t it

AUNTIE

The word smooth

Six

letters

deep with cool

Dancing rhythms smooth like times long gone

Cultured unique snatching young shy nephews and nieces to engage in the dance

Leaving a little love between every step

Every bop,

Every slide,

Every hop,

Like another momma with a special flavor

Special love,

Special moments.

They are our garments on cold nights and a shield when the sun burns hot

…Auntie…

Classic flavors perfection made our souls spoiled with their presence…

Greed alone makes me struggle to let them escape into the heavens

We are indeed

Blessed to have them to ourselves even for a moment

A smile, a hug, a gentle kiss on the forehead to remind…

We can’t lose another Auntie

Because you will live forever in our hearts

And we truthfully really just got to know the meaning.

 

Dedicated to our angels: Minnie, Dorothy, Mary, and Rowena

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