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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