Chinua Achebe

Igbo village of Ogidi
Friday, June 19, 2015

Refugee Mother And Child

Rating: 4.8
No Madonna and Child could touch
that picture of a mother's tenderness
for a son she soon would have to forget.
The air was heavy with odours

of diarrhoea of unwashed children
with washed-out ribs and dried-up
bottoms struggling in laboured
steps behind blown empty bellies. Most


mothers there had long ceased
to care but not this one; she held
a ghost smile between her teeth
and in her eyes the ghost of a mother's
pride as she combed the rust-coloured
hair left on his skull and then -

singing in her eyes - began carefully
to part it… In another life this
would have been a little daily
act of no consequence before his
breakfast and school; now she

did it like putting flowers
on a tiny grave.
Chinua Achebe
adheena ss 26 November 2020
a heart touching poem especially the lines of the poem
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Angel.B 22 November 2020
It was an amazing love of mother to her son.each line should included deeper love of mother.
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Dylan 03 November 2020
it was all right but the voice was annoying
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I have to write my english essay and i chose this poem is pretty good, respect
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James Smith 04 August 2019
I don't know why the black slaves are allowed to learn god's language, English. Someone chain these up! !
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u James Smith 06 January 2020
Yo u better shut the up and never ever make these comments ever again.
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You better shut ur up before i chain your mom to a pool and I with my tree trunk. You weak .
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Quite a beautiful piece of poetry. Achebe, our great ancestor.
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Surbhi 11 April 2019
Beautiful poem such clarity
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Adole Agbenu Stephen 15 January 2019
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johnson 15 November 2018
“Refugee mother and child “ lovely poem metion for the poem mother and childhood
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Joshua Adeyemi 10 April 2018
Didn't know that this man wrote a poem too.... Lovely!
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