Treasure Island

Ortiz Antwi

(16th April 1992 / Kumasi- Ashanti Region)

The African Mother


Who battles with sleep when her child is sick?
Her surveillance around him alone is a cure
Who knows the meanings to her child's actions?
Who understands the heartbeats of her children?
She feels it in her abdomen when her child is hurt
Who fathoms out the daunting of her child
She pacifies his anger with just the insertion of her nipple in his mouth
It is you the African mother!
You make your wards have confidence in you
Every child calls to his mother's name when he is not comfortable
Who is the child that cries with the father's name?
Which child threaten to tell what has happened to his father
Every child confines in you why- because your love never wanes
Your love so pure like crystal
Your sagacity surpasses all women
You never join the dance of the world who thinks everything is fatalistic
You are never fortified by the ignominious traits of your children
In tattered penury you cater for your children
Through thick and thin you struggle to feed your home
Your utmost priority is to set food on the table
You give your children the opportunity you never had
You imbibe into your children reverences
To respect the elderly

Submitted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Edited: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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