By Michael McCarty
Michael’s poem about the importance of reading, storytelling and what he learned from his mother.
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- Who inspires you?
- What can be said in rhyme that isn’t expressed in a narrative?
- Story Smart: Using the Science of Story to Persuade, Influence, Inspire and Teach by Kendall Haven
- African American/Black History
- Education and Life Lessons
- Family and Childhood
When I was a boy my mama told me,
I could be anything I wanted to be.
Reading to her the mind was the key
To make my dreams a reality.
She said as long as I kept my head in a book,
It didn’t matter what direction life took.
More than beauty, wealth, and fame,
Knowledge is the key to the power game.
My mama, gave me the knowledge I would need
And in my mind, she planted the seed.
She nurtured that seed with a mother’s love
And prayers for guidance from powers above.
As I grew to be a man, there were times of my life
Full of hardship, I’m talking buku strife.
But in those times of difficulty,
I never forgot the things that my mama told me.
There was a time a few years ago,
I was confused about where my life would go.
Around this time I just found out,
What storytelling was all about.
I’d heard stories from Peninnah Schram, Joel ben Izzy,
Sybil Desta, Elle Erato, and Leslie Perry.
Listening to these folks inspired me,
I said, “A storyteller! That’s what I’m gonna be.”
Was I committed telling tales, took off like a rocket,
Now I’m living by my mama, have mouth, will run it.
Hope this little tale inspires you,
To make a go at something you really want to do.
Thanks for listening. It’s been slammin’
We’ve been getting down, oh, we’ve been jammin’.