I Come from a Long Line of Pimps, Hoes, Hustlers and Factory Workers
Where I come from everyone originally
came from down south.
I'm from Detroit- born and raised,
a place with neighborhoods called
Paradise Valley, Black Bottom, Palmer
Woods, Sherwood Forest and University
of Detroit District.
We lived nine blocks
from U of D, on the other side-
the working class side.
I come from a line of firstborns.
My grandmother mopped floors
at Bi-County General. My daddy swept
floors at Mound Rd Engine and I
cleaned houses from twelve until
my freshman year at Sienna.
I come from pimps, hoes, hustlers and
factory workers who dreamed
their children would leave overalls
and shiny suits behind and sit at
desks with pressed shirts and
skirts and ties.
And we hope maybe next time-
our children's dreams won't be
deferred; they'll earn degrees
before bringing babies into this world.
I am the child of blue collars
middle class income earned mopping
concrete floors and running numbers.
We hope still for name plates, classrooms
and nurses' stations.
I come from a long line of pimps, hoes, hustlers and factory workers.