Here, at Ida Mae’s,
Christmas dinner is
A huge pot of gumbo
Made by the owner.
This is her family now.
And at four-foot-nothing, she’s
Still “Big Mama.” Everybody’s families,
Friends and lovers? Dead or gone.
They drink to their names either to
Praise or curse.
But some just love the welcoming
Fragrance of piss, cigarettes and
“Hey, Big Mama! If my wife calls, tell
Her I ain’t here!”
And Ida Mae gives him a smile and a wink
As she strolls to the jukebox to play
“Silent Night” by the Temptations.