Poetry: Grandma Susannah Taught You

Grandma Susannah Taught You an Old African-Child’s Rhythm Game, “Aunt Sally Died”

by Kent Malcom

“Aunt Sally died”
********“how did she die”?
“She died like this; with her hand in the air”
“Aunt Sally died”
********“how did she die”?
“She died like this; with her hand in the air and her feet on the ground”

Grandma Susannah died when the county took you away.

“Grandma Susannah died”
********“how did she die”?
“She died like this; abandoned by her son”

“Grandma Susannah died”
********“how did she die”?
“She died like this; abandoned by her son and with an empty stomach”

“Grandma Susannah died”
********“how did she die”
“She died like this; abandoned by her son, with an empty stomach and a broken heart”

“Grandma Susannah died”
********“and they buried her with her broken heart and her empty stomach
********In an unmarked grave”

“Grandma Susannah died”
********“and they buried her with her broken heart and her empty stomach in an unmarked grave,
********In the ‘non-White’ section, with the weeds and the dust”

“Grandma Susannah died – alone”

“Grandma Susannah died”
********“and you saved her from death with resurrected stories, not hiding her soul,
********And not passing her memory into the White”


You can read more of Kent Malcom’s work at the following link: https://allpoetry.com/Kent_Malcom

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