Momma Said

By Calvin Forbes b. 1945 Calvin Forbes
The slice I ate I want it back
Those crumbs I swept up
I’d like my share again
I can still taste it like it was

The memory by itself is delicious
Each bite was a small miracle
Both nourishing and sweet
I wish I had saved just a little bit

I know it wasn’t a literal cake
It’s the thought that counts
Like a gift that’s not store-bought
Making it even more special  

Like a dream that makes you
Want to go back to sleep
You can’t have your cake
And eat it too Momma said

I was defiant and hardheaded
And answered yes I can too
The look she gave me said boy
I hope you aren’t a fool all your life

Source: Poetry (July/August 2011).

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Poet Calvin Forbes b. 1945

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Relationships, Family & Ancestors

Poetic Terms Free Verse