Mama (a tonal drawing written in poetic form)

Mama

i saw you
there alone cold
with no cover
on a bed that was not yours
renting
what you always owned
just to be here near me

your brown lips were dark and purpling
calling my name as you always did
from my first breath
the purpose of your life
keeping me safe and warm

there you are
as helpless as i
touching hands
but still alone

Copyright © 1990 Asili Ya Nadhiri

 

Mama                   

 “O ALLAH
if You must take her now
please give her the paradise”
is fulling me with its somber petition
and delivering me
on here in the door of this room
where you’re lying there
in its sterile and guilty ambience
your regal maternal splendor
covering-up the clinical remission
leaving you here cold
all alone with no cover
on a bed that’s not your own
                            “. . . renting, son, what I’ve always owned
so just to be here near you . . .”
your brown plum lips are solemnly emfolding
in a darkening purple and stubbornly
proclaiming the purpose of your life
keeping me safe and warm
here we are Mama
as we’re always wanting
together on with in one the other
holding hands in our still alone

Copyright © 1990, 2015 Asili Ya Nadhiri

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