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Tradition by Jade Keane

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Posted By FatJade on Nov 16, 2012 at 6:12 AM

By Jade Keane

Traditional ways of thinking
Are destroying the lives of men

When you just judge things
By the way you THINK they should be

How can you say you have any real grip on reality?

I don’t THINK you can

I think traditional ways of thinking
Are destroying the lives of man

I grew up without my father
He left three months after I was born

I didn’t take it too personally though
I knew it wasn’t my fault he got up and left with the dawn

I knew it wasn’t my fault that he didn’t say goodbye

And I even knew it wasn’t my fault
He was too weak to even lie

He just went to work one morning
And didn’t come back

Until my twentieth birthday

By which time I was like,
Really… Seriously…? Your timing is whack!

I grew up without my father
But that is not the definition of how I was raised

…I was brought up but my mother.

Are you familiar with the kind of woman that,
That does it alone,
That works for her own

Who loves and raises,
Who disciplines and praises

Encourages and nourishes
Literally and intellectually
Always striving to bring out the best in me

The kind of woman who guides and protects
Whose presence commands respect

Whose laugh can make you forget
The worse day at work ever!

Just by sitting and catching jokes with her.

Are you familiar with that type of woman?

She does it all without complaining,
Without blaming
Without naming and shaming

Traditional no. Phenomenal.

Woman is she.

Traditional ways of thinking are
Suppressing so many women in our society

I grew up without a father
So I am proof that it can be done

But that’s not to say
That I don’t see the benefits of growing up with one

I simply don’t think tradition should be used as an excuse
To justify your own choice to stay

“But the kids need their father around”


How many times have I heard a woman say, that

“It’s for the sake of the kids, I’m not doing this for me,
I can’t teach my son to be a man,
I can’t teach him the lessons only his father can”

But what kind of man do you want your son to grow up to be?
Look me in my eye and tell me
“Just like his daddy”

And what kind of man do you want your daughter to attract?
The kind of man that berates her
And hits when she talks back?

The lessons we teach our children are set by example
Do as I say and not what I do is cute, but
Where’s the foundation to follow that through?

We are their blue print.

A traditional family unit is a blessing of course
But in what world do you know where a blessing is forced?

That’s not a blessing. It’s a lie

The truth is,

If he beats you, he can beat them
If he disrespects you, he’s disrespecting them

If he abuses you, he’s abusing them

Traditional ways of thinking are destroying the lives of our children.

Admit it,

That you are not strong enough to walk away
And that all the excuses you make
Are just the reasons why your children have to pay

It’s okay to admit that you’re scared though,
How else will you know that it’s time to be strong?

Decisions, just like traditions
Can be changed
When we know that they are wrong.



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Comments: 3 - Likes: 1 - Views: 3026

    Wow ! wat do I say! this is the most brilliant peice of social poetry I have read in a long time and yes its recited with a force of conviction to reckon with. Bravo bravo bravo !
    Nov 22, 2012
  2. Mysty
    I agree ... this is wonderful Jade. I love this piece. And love your accent!!
    Nov 20, 2012
  3. MsJacquiiC
    Whoa Jade!!! This piece is ON. POINT.

    "Traditional no. Phenomenal.

    Woman is she.

    Traditional ways of thinking are
    Suppressing so many women in our society"

    Love the knod to Ms. Angelou here. But wow - Loving the contents of this spokenword-truth. Loving your unashamed acknowledgement of PHENOMENAL WOMAN! Yeah.

    Tradition does have its finer points, however, not everything from olden day is golden! This is the message I got from your poem, as well as, all respect to women out there who are doing the job of Mother and Father. My Mother for example. This is a tribute for my Mother and it's brilliant to me. Thanks for the share.

    Nov 20, 2012