Today Jeng, K-own and I presented our poem review for our Literature in the ESL Classroom course. We began our presentation with a recitation of the poem which we chose entitled ''Mother to Son'' by Langston Hughes. A very lovely poem about a mother giving advice to her son on how hard life is and I was given the honor to recite it. But I'm not gonna post our review on it because that would be just boring and I don't do encores....hahahah....Read the poem below:
"Mother to Son"
Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor --
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now --
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
For all you linguists and perfectionists out there; no it's not a grammatical error when the poet uses 'I'se'. It's because Langston Hughes is of African-American descent (with a bit of Native-American & European-American) and it's how they said it way back then.
Despite a somewhat successful presentation, it was Madam Mazlen's comment on my reciting of the poem that I find very hilarious. She said "Afiq, the way you recited the poem sounded like you were rapping". Yup.....rapping. Guess I have a little bit of ghetto in me. HAHAHAHA....Jeng even went so far as to say I should join Fort Minor. WTF?!!!!! FTW?!!!!! I need to get into rap school first before I am able to spit rhymes and carry bling-bling.
Sifu aku, Freeway....
Class rep. aku....T.I.
Anak hantu klas aku....Lil Wayne da Jemuan
"No one on the corner has swagga like us"