Black Woman.

Black Woman

And strong,
Different words,
Same meaning.
She is a strong black woman.

Captured and beaten,
Tied and bound,
You endured the Middle Passage,
Was dragged into a new land,
You held your head high.
You are a strong black woman.

In the fields all day,
Hot, blazing sun beating down,
They stripped away your language,
They took your clothing and made you look like a slave,
But you never bowed,
You are a strong black woman.

I saw you till the soil,
Bend your back to make things grow,
Saw you cooking food,
That you could not even eat,
Saw you washing clothes,
Mending shirts,
Growing flowers to adorn the house you could not sleep in.
And not once did you shed a tear,
You are a strong black woman.

They bred you like horses,
And sold your children like they were dogs,
They took them away in chains,
While you stood screaming,
And then you prayed to God,
Because you are a strong black woman.

In times of jim crow you shouldered the weight,
Brought food home when I could not even work,
Borne the children,
Cleaned the house,
And raised my children.
A strong black woman.

You brought God inside,
So we could talk,
About our toils and pain,
You sat Him there and He listened,
And gave us relief,
We marched for freedom,
And you were at my side.
Went to jail when I did,
Stayed awake and held me in your lap.
You comforted my every fear,
Gave me courage when I had none.
Washed my face with the hem of your dress,
Cleansed the matter from my eyes so I could see,
Prayed for me when I did not for my self.
You are a strong black woman.

You taught me to read
You taught me to write,
How to eat with a fork,
How to tie my tie,
You taught me grace and kindness,
You taught me how to treat my fellow man,
You found the goodness in my heart,
And nurtured it and made it grow.
For all you`ve done I can never repay,
Nor can I do the same for you,
And despite all of that… you smile at me,
And pull me to your bosom for love,
I thank God for you,
And that you are a strong black woman.

(By: Andrew Johnson. (c)copyright 1/26/1998)

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