"Mama told me". A poem in honour of people living with Sickle Cell Aneamia.

Anne-Chantal
Posted August 14, 2020 from Cameroon

A baby cries,

the Doctor stares, 

the people stare

Oh my oh my the say

She has yellow eyes

Oh no oh no, she's no good

Throw her by the river

Leave her in the forest

She's no good, she's no good.

But mama looked at the baby and smiled

She is good she is special

She bent and told me you will be great. 

Years past, the people stared still,  the Doctor stared still.  

Oh my oh my, they said

She has yellow eyes

Oh no oh no She's no good. 

Throw her by the river

Leave her in the forest. 

But mama smiled still,

She is unique.

She turned and told me, 

You will do exploits.  

Now I am grown

Now I am a mama too

And I remember all Mama told me You would do exploits, and yes I have

You would be great,  Yes I am

You would be a good mama, Yes I am. 

I now stare at the starers, the talkers You were wrong Mama was right

I am strong,

I am great

Sickle Cell born or not I am unique.  I know so

Because Mama told me so.

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Jill Langhus
Aug 15
Aug 15

Hi Anne-Chantal,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for sharing your powerful poem, dear.

Hope you and your family are safe and well.

XX

Anne-Chantal
Aug 18
Aug 18

Many thanks Jill. We are OK. Holding on as Covid threatens to start again all over.

Jill Langhus
Aug 19
Aug 19

You're welcome. I'm glad you're safe and well.

Yeah, I hear you:-( Take care, dear.

XX

Anne-Chantal
Aug 19
Aug 19

Thanks a million Jill.

Jill Langhus
Aug 19
Aug 19

You're very welcome, dear!!

Nini Mappo
Aug 15
Aug 15

Hi Anne-Chantal,
Thank you for sharing your life's pain and joy sprinkled life journey with us. I am sorry that you faced stigma because of your illness, but o how right mama always is! She raised you strong and now you are being a strong voice for those who might face the same stigma, be misunderstood or dismissed as no good.

Good on you, and good on your mama!
And happy mothering to you sister :)

Anne-Chantal
Aug 18
Aug 18

Thanks Nini. Very true my dear. Now the important thing is to educate everyone about Sickle cell disease so no other child faces stigma ever again.

Thelma obani 2020
Aug 15
Aug 15

Yes oo.
You will do expoilt.
Your words are soothing and true.
Beautiful poem

Anne-Chantal
Aug 18
Aug 18

Thelma sis, many thanks. I hope the message is heard by all and no other child ever goes through the same treatment.

Olawunmi Okupe
Aug 16
Aug 16

You’re sure unique, and you’re strong!!!
You’re loved as well.
Thanks for sharing sister

Anne-Chantal
Aug 18
Aug 18

Many thanks dearest Ola.
Thanks for the love.
It gives me strength.

Hello, Anne-Chantal,

Oh my goodness! Your poetry brought tears to my eyes. It resonates with me so much, dear sister. I know you've written this to honor sickle cell warriors, but it also touches the hearts of mamas raising children with disabilities and special needs.

Doctors stare, people stare to our children, too.

Thank you for writing this poem, love. I am encouraged. Hugs.

Anne-Chantal
Aug 18
Aug 18

Dear sister Karen,
I wrote it for people living with Sickle Cell but as you rightly said, for all those who are born different. People stare, people talk but they forget these are just children.
Thank you so much for your words. It encourages me so much.
Love sis

Please keep writing,dear. You have the gift to paint words! May you encourage more women with your poetry.

Looking forward to reading more from you. Thank you for honoring sickle cell warriors. We need more women like you. May your tribe increase.

Anne-Chantal
Aug 19
Aug 19

Awwww, thanks Karen. I will keep trying my best. Thanks so much for your uplifting words.

You’re welcome, love.