His daughter didn’t make it

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

His daughter didn’t make it

When she was too sick to care for herself

Sick, with no place to go

His daughter didn’t make it

When her housing transitions weren’t smooth

His daughter didn’t make it

When finally her health problems overpowered her

And the bills she couldn’t cover

His daughter didn’t make it

When also, racists and thieves were pulling her down

His daughter didn’t make it

When she arrived young to old age

Her legs started to give out

His daughter didn’t make it

The accumulation of long-term neglect

By her late 40’s she was barely walking

His daughter didn’t make it

At 50 barely walking

Trying to finish a bachelor’s degree

His daughter didn’t make it

By age 50

All her teeth had rotten from dental bills too high

His daughter didn’t make it

He said, “That’s my unspoiled child”

His daughter didn’t make it

As a child they didn’t read to her

His daughter didn’t make it

“You know what,” she said

Probably if they don’t read to you

You won’t make it

“Probably” she said

“If they don’t read to you

They don’t know how to properly raise a child”

“Probably there’s no plan for your success”

“And, you don’t make it”

Some children are reading 1000 books a year

About 3 books a day

Those are the ones who make it

Daddy’s example was only so good

Daddy didn’t read or exercise or give or love to good

She didn’t make it

On her death bed

Can’t work no more

She calls him for money

His daughter didn’t make it

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