Little did I know, the changes that would come
From the news that made you cry
I did not understand why my mama was so sad
We would play and then you cried.
Then came the day I came home from school
A lady from church told me you
Had gone to school too.
How strange it was, to have you gone
But you came home and hugged me tight
I didn’t like you gone but you always came back
Daddy had left and never said bye
Our home was silent as you cried
For grandma was gone but you stayed here
Learning to be a nurse for other mamas there.
I missed you mom, when you worked
The church ladies were our friends.
We grew, and you became
Strong, single, and tough
You fixed the floors, the house, the yard
There was nothing you did not do
I am grown now and now I see
The strength it took for you to become
A person you never wanted
one without her
The only thing you envisioned
that was good was us.
For us, you became
I see that the change you made inside
on the night that grandma died
was one that was hard
but gave us all we needed
Through those tears that fell
determination drove your mind
And carried us all on your shoulders
And gave us all your heart.