Article Type: Poem
Subject: Poetry
Author: Moore, Terry
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 306754379
Full Text: Terry Moore ( is the author of fifteen poetry books and eight spoken word CDs, twelve-time Slam Champion, founder of the Black Men Expressing Tour, founder of "The Show" poetry series, Culture Collection and Underground poetry series, founder of the Daddy's Here men's support group, founder and member of spoken word group Born 2B Poets, founder of the 8 Hours of Blessings Praise Conference, and a member of the 2003 & 2004 Sacramento (California) National Slam Team.

   You are not always the subject of my poetry
   But you are poetry to me
   You've been there through thick and thin
   You were there from beginning and will be in the end

   It's hard to believe I even deserve you
   I wish I could stop regular life and just serve you
   Give you back some of the energy that you've for so long shared
   Reimburse you a little for how much you've cared

   No one really knows me like you Momma
   Even though I've taken you through some drama
   You are still there when I'm standing tall
   You are not one inspirational poem out of my book, you are all

   Thanks for being by my side
   Thanks for looking past my pride
   Thanks for all the dinners you graciously cooked
   Thanks for the clothes you still buy me that give me a good look

   You are not always the subject of my poetry
   But you are poetry to me
   I never have and never will look up to Maya Angelou
   Not the way that I look up to you

   Thank you, how many more words can I say?
   If I used words to describe how you've loved me Momma
   I'd be writing more than 1,000 poems every day.

   I love you!
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