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b'Mama Said' (Everything You Wanted Mother To Say)

Mama didn't read me
Fairy Tales and rhymes
Every night when she put me to bed
In the comfort of home when we were along
She'd recite the lines 'Mama Said'

Some times when you're filled with doubt and fear
'Mama Said', 'Try one day to discover your own idea'
Times get tough, life's filled with rigidity
'Mama Said', 'Son throughout life don't abuse your stupidity'

Sometimes when you feel, you've hit the bottom
'Mama Said, ' 'There's more virtue in the hoe, than in the cotton'
Sometimes when you feel, you've hit the end
'Mama Said, ' 'When the money runs out, you can count all your friends'

When you fall in love with the right one, give everything
'Mama Said, ' 'Love as you love, in all of your dreams'
When you don't find your dream, and don't really know why
'Mama Said, ' ' You can't catch a rabbit, with your dog tied'

When you need somewhere to think, and be all alone
'Mama Said, ' 'Remember, nature's pristine, where man hasn't gone'
When you've lost something, and really don't know why
'Mama Said, ' ' The river's most important, only when it runs dry'

When you're out on that beach, and flexing your tan
'Mama Said, ' ' Remember a good women, is twice any man'
When you're down on your luck, it seems the end of the world
'Mama Said, ' ' Remember only defective oysters, produce a pearl'
Barry A. Lanier



bMama Said Also-Good Uns'

Son 'Always remember to follow your heart, or a compass'

Son ' Never go out with a lady who doesn't wear underwear, for she is
to lazy to wash'

Son 'When you our having dinner with a lady, and she's starts rubbing
your ankle or foot, she's probably having an allergic reaction, go
get her a Benadryl'

Son 'If your dishswasher stops working, don't yell at her'

Son' The only reason God created alcohol is where ugly people could
have sex'

Son' If your wife is smoking while you are in bed, something's wrong! '

Son ' Grow up to be the kind of man your dog thinks you are'

Son ' Don't ever take all the girl talk so serious, it will come the time
when small things come back in style'
Barry A. Lanier



bRape & Revenge

Cowering in dark corners
Living out my nightmares
Wondering just how many know
Why doesn't anyone care?

Reflections in my mirror
Purple covering soft blue eyes
Tears streaming as a river
Even the guilty can cry

Long ago lost my feelings
Only blank emptiness inside
Searching corridors and halls
For safe places I can hide

Hearing the same footsteps
Slowly coming up the stairs
Frozen and frightened
Feeling all I could bare

The handle on the door
Slowly begins to turn
Hoping it would be mother
Guessing I'll never learn

Slowing advancing to my body
As I'm trying to back away
Pushing me down to the floor
Laying there I prayed

Ripping at my clothes
Wishing I were dead
Reaching out for the knife
Last night hid under the bed

Crying out why baby why?
As the blood began to run
Justice drawing upon him
As the countdown begun
Barry A. Lanier




To miss the trickle,
Of a cool mountain stream.
Standing barefoot;
Among the slippery rocks,
I would regret.

To miss the soltitude,
Of being to first to rise.
The rooster crowing;
Aroma of fresh brewed coffee,
I would regret.

To miss unbounded joy,
Of not having to work.
New snow on the ground;
Under goose down,
I would regret.

To miss sleeping in,
Under the cover and care,
Of a thin tin roof;
In the rain,
I would regret

To never have witnessed.
The angelic white,
Newly bloomed dogwoods;
Early hours of a spring morning,
I would regret

To never have held,
My naked newborn girl,
Opening her eyes the first time;
Announcing her arrival,
I would regret

To have never experienced,
The love and friendship,
Of a personal savior,
Coming into my life,
I would regret

Yet should I ever have,
Any lasting regret,
It would be that;
There would come a day,
I should ever forget.
Barry A. Lanier
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