Praise Song For My Mother

By Grace Nichols

You were
water to me
deep and bold and fathoming

You were
moon’s eye to me
pull and grained and mantling

You were
sunrise to me
rise and warm and streaming

You were
the fishes red gill to me
the flame tree’s spread to me
the crab’s leg/the fried plantain smell
replenishing replenishing

Go to your wide futures, you said

Kama Mama, Kama Binti (Like Mother, Like Daughter). Hank Willis Thomas. 1971

Kama Mama, Kama Binti (Like Mother, Like Daughter). Hank Willis Thomas. 1971

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One Comment on “Praise Song For My Mother”

  1. a.c. says:

    I simply LOVED this poem. The message behind it is so profound, so enlightening. Thank you for such an inspiring, thought-provoking piece. An ode to your mother, indeed it was. Looking forward to more of your lovely works. By the way, if you aren’t petty, do you mind popping over to my account and giving me some comments on my most recent post please? Many thanks!


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