Parental Consent

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Convinced this is a dream or love
But your parents don’t approve
Unwilling to give an explanation
We have nothing to prove

Months later they were right
Ignoring their hand in it
I leave my other half behind
And try my best to forget

Haunted by reasons why
Was it age or race
Her 22 year old body
Next to my 19 year old black face

Not uncommon or ideal
Not quite a woman or man
If only God had been on our side
If only love came with a plan

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