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Bravery Runs in the Family (For My Mother, born Mary Magdalene Young) (Louis Toliver Jr-Swartz, LA)



"Bravery Runs in the Family"
(To My Mother, Born Mary Magdalene Young)

The place that I stand in my life right now
To my mother, I owe the most credit
Every virtuous quality that you see in me
It is from her in which these values were set

My mother once told me long after I left home
That I was the bravest man she soon knew
It is funny to now to think of this moment
Because to me I was then young and cowardly

Though I will always be my mother ‘s baby son
I now claim that I will be that brave man
That my mother saw in me before I did
And take care of myself and my community

Spiritual, hardworking, giving, loving, funny, noble,
These are just a few qualities that “Mama” gave me
So the success you see through me in my life
Remember this man was shaped by his brave mother


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