This piece is inspired by the award winning play, written by Lorraine Hansberry, “A Raisin in the Sun”.
as every evening the edge of setting horizons
cut his hope of a better tomorrow in half,
the teasing remainders of daylight upon tall buildings
they could never reach.
As old as the dust of their city
as those white fenced neighborhoods
promising their children
a world of peace
that better tomorrow.
An unseen resilience
kept their small apartment
together even though her husbands disappointment
grew to be so rancorous it no longer phased her,
but shattered the glass of their photos.
She watched him,
as he rocked his life away on his chair
and his heart grew calloused and bitter.
Neither shaken nor distraught,
she witnessed him wither away
like a raisin in the sun
denied from the harvest.
Mama Younger has seen too much
to let her children
end up the same.
@2017 Afroetry Works