Ìyá mí…

It’s Mothers day in the U.K. and it only seemed right that I dedicate today and today’s poem to my lovely mother.

I remember growing up we argued a lot. In fact I remember I once told her I didn’t like her very much LOL. Fast forward years after my teenage rage had passed, I began to understand her and realised why she did all the things she did for me… now she’s my best friend, my confidant, my hero – my mother.

I reached out to my siblings…we all wrote this together 🙂

This one is for you mum. We love you more than you know. We loved you long before we even knew you, we love you now and we’ll still love you when you’re old and grey.

Her laugh? Makes me giggle
Her smile? Melts my heart
Her tears? Makes me broken
Her pains? Saddens my heart
Her dance? Energetic
Strong yet emotional
My attention seeking mum
Never gives up
She’s lovable, everyone knows it
Generous, I wish I got that from her
A great cook
But all in all a virtuous woman
My amazing mum
All these years I have never felt more lucky
To be one of hers.

Chinese lantern,
Koroit opal,
Bismuth crystal,
The insides of a meteorite,
All rarities in nature

As rare as life within death
Like a kernel of fused glass
Green luminous light along the skyline
Geometric lines of rainbow colours
Diamonds embed in stone

Rarities so rare
Yet incomparable to her
My “Ìyá“,
my “Nne”,
my “Uwar gida
My Taiye from another generation

She sat and watched my infant head
When the night was cold as ice
And on days the sun wouldn’t go away
When the rain poured
Accompanied by thunderous sounds
She watched

As I slept on my cradle bed
She knew
My every toss, every turn
When that sneeze turned into a cough
With the mild forehead burns
My cradle bed she rocked

Tears of sweet affection she shed
When a new day brought a new sound
That crawl
The walk
The first word
She shed affectionate tears

My mother
The one whose genes
Made half of me
Your strength I admire
Your smile melts my heart
My mother

Ìyá ní wúrà
Tà ló lè se bí Ìyá

You are truly gold
Today I carve
My words into time
So when you look back
You know how loved you were so

And always

Lots of love from Amina, Aisha, Halima, Hamdallah and Ade



Meaning of italicized words

Ìyá ní wúrà – A mother is gold
Tà ló lè se bí Ìyá – Who can be like my mother
Ìyá – mother 
Nne – mother 
Uwar gida – mother of the house 

** Photo credit – Pinterest


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Ec says:

    All such incredible poems. Ah, I even got a bit teary-eyed, haha. 🙂 I am sure she appreciates them, beautifully written.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amina says:

      Aww bless you 🙂

      Thank you for reading Ec x

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Looks like your whole family has talent. These are such beautiful poems.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amina says:

      Thank you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Vicky says:

    What a lovely tribute, a beautiful poem honouring your mother, she must be very proud of you…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Amina says:

      Thank you Vicky. She really enjoyed reading this as well. Thanks for taking the time out to comment 🙂


  4. Claudia Sava says:

    So beautiful!I love your work!❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amina says:

      Thank you Claudia 🙂


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