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Mama Said ... Walk It Off

by Barb Hensongispsaca

My Mama had a lot of sense
for one who stopped sixth grade.
She had to raise me up from scratch
and, yes, she was afraid.

My Daddy died when I was six
but Mama carried on.
She did the work of twenty men
because her man was gone.

There was a bridge about a mile
on yonder down the road.
And Mama always walked to it
when she carried a 'load'.

When she was mad it helped her think,
when she was sad she cried.
Confusion? It would set her straight.
In God she could confide.

No matter what the problem was,
or pain or anger, too.
No matter how much time it took,
she'd know just what to do.

"Now, girl, you just remember this,"
I'd hear my Mama say.
"You take a walk and think things through
to help you find your way."

"Don't be impulsive, give it time,
you might just change your mind.
Don't jump right in and say things wrong,
just step back and unwind."

I've walked that path so many times
and found that Mom was right.
There's other ways to handle things
than jump right in and bite.

So count to ten or take a walk
or sit right down and pray.
You might just find that second breath
will show a better way.


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