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Little Man Around the House

Yusef Komunyakaa

Mama Elsie's ninety now.
She calls you whippersnapper.
When you two laugh, her rheumatism
Slips out the window like the burglar
She hears nightly. Three husbands
& an only son dead, she says
I'll always be a daddy's girl.
Sometimes I can't get Papa's face
Outta my head. But this boy, my great-
Great-grandson, he's sugar in my coffee.
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"Little Man Around the House" from Neon Vernacular.
Copyright © 1993 by Yusef Komunyaka, Wesleyan University Press. Reprinted by permission of the University Press of New England.


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