brothermen:

Everyday
When I would come home
From School…

Granddaddy and me
Would read
The New Guess Who?

We would read about
Dick and Jane
Penny, Pam and Mike
Puff and Spot

Day in
Day out
We would read
Granddaddy and I

Then we would do
Multiplcations
“Get out your times table card”
Granddaddy would say

1×1=1
1×2=2
1×3=3
That’s how it would be
Reading
Writing
Arithmatic
with my Granddaddy

Granddaddy grew up
in Jim Crow Alabama
a sharecropper’s son
working the fields
all year round
never had time
for school
worked those fields
from the age of 3

Never got a chance to
get a education
never got a chance
to learn to read
or to multiply

Until…
his grandson
came home with
The New Guess Who?
and a times table card

I thought he was teaching me
but we learned together

My Granddaddy and me…

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