Posted September 20, 2020 from Cameroon
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MAMA, My Shero!

Wrapped in a beautiful baby wrapper

Your hands outstretched and waiting

Your face beamed with joy and delight

Your precious bundle was handed to you

On a cold July night.


The oohs and ahhs were aplenty

From people far and wide 

Gushing over the sleeping baby

And Mama in blissful ignorance 

Beamed with unending joy.


It was at age two When the battle cry first rang

And then the fight began

The fight for her baby to stay alive.


There was no manual on how to fight this fight 

No guide to show the way and explain the battle tactics

Road maps and markers absent 

Nothing save my Mama's love.


Nobody said the battle could be easy

Nobody prepared her for the sleepless nights  

Nobody told her back could serve as ambulance 

My cries of deep pain her siren sound

Nobody mentioned the pacing at the hospital corridors 

Nobody spoke about the bills, worries, sweat and tears  

For her precious bundle against the odds, thrive.


Like the amazon she is 

She rose tall and strong

Her blood many times my lifeblood

Refusing to bow.


No manual to lead the battle 

Love was the sword that cleared hospital paths

And slayed the pain dragons again and again

Strength personified I vouched for gladly


I stand and thrive because of her

My Mama, My Shero!

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

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Tamarack Verrall
Sep 20
Sep 20

Dear Arrey,
What a deeply touching ode to your Mama. How strong she must be to have stood firm for you with such love, all along the way. I love that you write about how precious you have been to her all along. Through your words I have such a vivid image now, and celebrate her. she must be so proud of you now. I love that you use the word "Shero". The world needs to know about women like your Mama.

Sep 21
Sep 21

Dear Mama Tam,
I hope you had a beautiful weekend and look forward to a great week.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and drop these beautiful words.
There's a saying 'sickle cell doesn't come with a manual, but it comes with a mom who never gives up'.
That is my mom and the mom of sickle cell warriors. They are our Sheros and worthy of celebration.

Yes, she's proud of the person I am today and I am really grateful she's still here to see that her fight for my life gave me more reasons to thrive.
Replying to this comment made me check that quote. I will update my post and include it.

Wish you a great week ahead.
With love.

"No manual to lead the battle
Love was the sword that cleared hospital paths
And slayed the pain dragons again and again
Strength personified I vouched for gladly"

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing and articulating the immense strength, intelligence and resilience our Mamas show in their lives. They deserve all our love and reverence.

Sep 25
Sep 25

Hello Shruti,
Thank you so much. You are right, our mums deserve all our love and reverence. Their labours of love and sacrifices is immeasurable.
Thank you for quoting out that paragraph. It explains a lot of the struggles and a mother's love.

I hope you are doing well today.

Hello, beloved RED ROSE,

Wow! This poetry touches me to the core. It speaks to me as a mom raising a son with his set of disabilities. I am inspired by the strength, commitment, and love of your mother. What a wonderful woman she is! She did a great job of overcoming whatever obstacles and challenges were brought in her way. She did an awesome job raising you!

You're so blessed to have a mother like her. It always makes me wonder what it's like to have a mother like her. :) Thank you for honoring her, dear.

Sep 25
Sep 25

Thank you so much, my dear sis.
I am glad this resonates with you. You just like my mom raising kids with #ThisAbility are super women and you are all amazing mothers too. You are doing amazing and I believe your kids will be there to make you feel what a special mum you are.

Thank you again for the kind words.
Love you.

Nini Mappo
Sep 22
Sep 22

Wow Arrey-Echi, Your mum is a model to be emulated. What you write about her reminds me of a quote from my favourite African female writer the Senegalese Mariama Ba
“And also, one is a mother in order to understand the inexplicable. One is a mother to lighten the darkness. One is a mother to shield when lightning streaks the night, when thunder shakes the earth, when mud bogs one down. One is a mother in order to love without beginning or end. ”
― Mariama Bâ, in So Long a Letter
Your mum really did understand the inexplicable, and shield you from it's terrors. Please give her a hug from me!

Sep 25
Sep 25

Dear Nini,
Thank you so much my dear. That is indeed a beautiful quote. Thank you for sharing that. It sure aptly describes my mum and I could say mums in the sickle cell community as well who refuse to give up.
I will note this quote, It is also the first time I am reading it. Thank you.

My mum lives in a different town but I sure will be keeping your hug to give her when next I see her. Thank you so much.
I hope you are doing well today.
With appreciation
Love, Arrey