Birgitta Heikka


Mummy, The Praying Mantis - Poem by Birgitta Heikka

Mummy is a praying mantis
her head bowed, her hands clasped,
her knees bent.
From dusk to dawn
in her position, humble
she sees only the things below.

I want to raise her up
and make her stand straight
and tell her to look up
to the heavenly skies.

I want to tell her that down there
crawls the little creatures
who want her humiliation,
and up there is her creator
who wants her humility.

Mummy is too yielded now
shaped like the praying mantis
her head abidingly bowed
her hands abidingly clasped
her knees abidingly bent.

I could try to raise her upright
and say
leave the crawling creatures
who demand your humiliation
and raise your head to the heavenly skies
for your creator who delights
in your humility;
but I would break her.


Comments about Mummy, The Praying Mantis by Birgitta Heikka

  • Gold Star - 17,401 Points Kim Barney (4/18/2015 3:54:00 PM)

    Very nice. Please send your Mummy, the Praying Mantis to take care of my BUTTERFLY OF DEATH. Already Reported Reply

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  • Gold Star - 7,575 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/6/2014 7:02:00 PM)

    Mummy lived her life. Her bowed stature is an indication of her experience. I am sure no creature can humiliate her. She should always feel proud of what she accomplished. Your concerns are genuine. Nicely put in the poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,684 Points Bill Cantrell (7/4/2014 8:35:00 PM)

    Outstanding poem to make a powerful statement, well done. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 35,597 Points Gajanan Mishra (7/4/2014 7:58:00 PM)

    heavenly sky with humility, good one. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 4, 2014

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 6, 2014


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