Grand showed me lessons primers never teach, 
like not deferring sidewalks to White folks, 
coming face-to-face, stopped, on empty streets. 

Stooping to clean a toilet ain't so bad 
when your child's schoolin's involved. Prospects 
that your babies can choose not to do such tasks 

stiffens weak resolve. Tears slow up beatings 
from a drunk husband, but a well-worn axe 
handle in staid palms proves a better plan. 

Grand showed me lessons college books don't teach 
-that being a Black woman's a lovely 
life when one's dignity has not been breached.