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Daddy's Gurl
by Mitzi Kay Jackson
Sunday, February 06, 2005
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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picture by Romare Bearden(1911-1988)
"Card Players", 1982

Man I love the smell of late-nite
And the smell of the colour black
I love the sounds of cards smashing down
….and my daddy’s laugh
the smell of hard red filling there cups
and my uncle coming in from the job he works
he don’t play he just drink and talk shit
(that’s what my daddy say)
sometimes they don’t even remove there hats
they be yelling too like they mad
but they always come every week
when I suppose to be asleep
and daddy come in my room and check on me
he say I know you playing possum
and give me a treat……I smile and take it and he always say to me
you know you daddy’s best gurl

Man I love the smell of work grinded into clothes
And the smell of the colour black
I love the sounds of hard, old boots hitting wood floors
…..and my daddy’s laugh
the smell of oil light in our house
and mouse traps that daddy put down
and jinky get to stay out wit him
but I got to go to sleep
sometimes I wonder if dad give him a treat like me
but here comes my uncle chuck and herbie too
my other uncle Kevin be workin’ late and always comes in with the blues
talking shit too
(well, that’s what daddy said)
and my daddy is the smartest daddy I know….he always say to me
you know you daddy’s best gurl

Man I love the smell of worry spots in black hair
And the smell of the colour black
Cause I love my daddy
And he say
Even though momma cook for him
And wash his clothes
And lay wit him and help him wit chores
And his momma (grandmall) brought him
In this world….he says to “me”
You know you daddy’s best gurl
And I know he is right cause he is the smartest daddy I know

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Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 4/4/2007
This poem brings pictures for the reader to see. A nice write!....M
Reviewed by Kathryn Collins 3/7/2007
Hey Mitzi:

When I clicked on your name, Daddy's Gurl popped up. What great writing -- it paints a scene familiar to me, but not exactly. I know how I thought my daddy was the smartest and me his best. That transcended all that went on around me.

Reviewed by Dwayne Breeden (Reader) 6/8/2006
You will always have the special gift. Your work comes from the heart and always inspires me to think a little bit harder about life.
Thanks for all you do.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/9/2005
Mitzi, this is one of the sweetest writes I've read in a while. You've captured a child's voice superbly. You have such a good ear. Thank you.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/9/2005
You captured that sweet memory, girl. And put it down so alls could see. Simply lovely, Mitz.

Reviewed by Walter Jones 2/8/2005
Each word a picture of life lived, not given, taken from the sweat, rolled over and handed with a special feel, love. Image as real as time itself, home daddy, special, family, memories, soft touch, survive the hard, truly a best gurl, always cutting edge.. Walt
Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 2/8/2005
Flawless is right .... brilliant !
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 2/7/2005
I loved this, excellent and so well written, couldn't stop reading, you put me there!

Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/7/2005
Well my daddy was pretty smart himself. Of course I was a daddy's girl. He had five fine sons and two daughters but I was the youngest. My father died in 1983.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/7/2005

Spectacular imagery, the poem came alive to ignite all of my senses...delicious, delightful, and o, so poignant...very well written.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(

I still have my Daddy--and I love him very much. :)
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 2/7/2005
Powerful, Mitzi! Makes me miss my wishes ~Z~
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/7/2005
Mitzi I'm sure this speaks to many who were or are "Daddy's girl"
you can write on any topic and do it well!;-)

Reviewed by Sue Hess 2/7/2005
yes this is excellent, i enjoyed every word of it
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 2/7/2005
Mitzi...I loved this poem...the rythym is supreme...the
conversational quality and tenor of it...exceptional. I
love the smell of the color black, too, and that line really
gives this magical piece extra 'punch.'
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/7/2005
Excellent Mitzi!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Aberjhani 2/7/2005
So who would have expected such an awesome yet gentle left hook after all those hard rights you be knockin' folks out with:-) A wonderful poem Ma'am.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 2/7/2005
Well, now it has to be a special feeling to be "daddy's girl." Loved the nuances of this poem. Loved the pride of this poem. Loved this poem.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/7/2005
Wonderful memories and a marvelous tribute to your father, Mitzi. And your poem reminded me of my granddad's card games, I always loved listening to 'the big guys' when I was a child.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/7/2005
I wasn't Daddy's best gurl but I was Mommys little man and the relatives (mostly Maritimers) always came to our house for card games so I can understnd this poem well.
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 2/7/2005
You make daddy proud.
Reviewed by Linda Hill 2/7/2005
Excellent Mitzi
Enjoyed reading this!

Reviewed by George Carroll 2/7/2005
Like the taste of sweet honey is this splendid write.
Reviewed by jude forese 2/6/2005
awesome! sensational in all respects ... flows effortlessly ...
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