Hey Mama

“Hey, mama, it’s me!”

Said, “you better wait child!

Said, “you’ve been a long time running!”

“Hey, mama, answer me!”

“Baby boy, you better sit down…Can’t listen when the sun’s out!  My only son this will be so hard to hear.”

“C’mon mama, what do you mean?”

I know you’ve been knocked down.

I know it ain’t been easy.

Nothing ever good really is.

Why you gotta wait so long?

But she said son,

“Let me reason with you.  You think you carry such a weight?

I know I never beat you boy.  Better start acting like this here’s…a race.”

“You ain’t gone far enough to say, at least I tried.

You ain’t worked hard enough to say, well I’ve done mine.

You ain’t run far enough to say, my legs have failed.

You ain’t worked hard enough.  You ain’t run far enough to say…’it ain’t gonna get any better.”

“You picked a bad time
You picked a bad time to listen to me!”

Nathaniel Rateliff