"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.

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Honorine Ngenwi
Aug 15
Aug 15

Waoh what a beautiful one.
Love Chan

Anne-Chantal
Aug 17
Aug 17

Thanks Honorine.
Love sis.

Chancier's Haven
Aug 15
Aug 15

Nothing like hearing the needed and right words from the one person who means the world. Yes, mama was right. Today, you bloom with grace.

Anne-Chantal
Aug 17
Aug 17

Awwwww. Thanks Chance.

Mo Fernyuy
Aug 17
Aug 17

Beautiful! So deep!
The power of affirmation on our kids and ourselves is very important!
Bless you Chanty

Anne-Chantal
Aug 17
Aug 17

It is indeed Mo. What power God gave mums!
Love you sis.

SADRAG
Aug 19
Aug 19

Beautiful heart touching words

Cheers
mala

Anne-Chantal
Aug 19
Aug 19

Thanks so much Sadrag.

Beth Lacey
Aug 21
Aug 21

Your Mama is a fantastic woman

Anne-Chantal
Aug 26
Aug 26

Thanks Beth. She was my rock.

Bint_Mfalme
Sep 05
Sep 05

This is Exactly needed words. Mama is the manual that comes with Sickle Cell Disease... God bless you ❤️

Anne-Chantal
Sep 15
Sep 15

Aawwww. Thank you sis.
I give a shout out to all wonderful mums.