Mama told me dat I gotta go down to da church.
She told, so I go.
I go to da church
And they told me I gotsta get baptized.
And when I seen dat bowl-a-water I said...
"Ion know nuffin about dat
Ion know nuffin bout them baptized nah."
But I get in da bowl
Cause what harm could come from da church...?
"Poetry has served as a linguistic code since I was a child. It allowed me to speak freely without fear.