A poem for mama

by Yakari Gabriel   Aug 31, 2011

Once upon a time,
I used to describe you as
the antagonist in the
story of my life.

took the main role
as the protagonist,
and swore to god
that all you ever wanted
was to dim my shine..

(for you were harsh
at times,mama)

I took what belonged
to you,ma.

your blood,your dna..
it has always been a part of me
(though at times I wished it hadn't)

you planted a name
upon my cells,
stopped existing..
and started living for me,

gave up your dreams,
to make mine come true..

and I admire the strength
of your backbone,
and the history behind
those wrinkles maybeline no
longer hides..

I was the one that
stole your shine,mama.

but today I take off
this teenage lipstick ,
from my lips...

I apologize
for believing,
that bread magically
appeared on the table

and overlooking the twelve hours
you spend working
just to put it there...

I cry these old shameful

to thank you,



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  • 10 months ago

    by Blake

    This is such a sweet and relatable poem. I almost cried while reading it

  • 1 year ago

    by Bella Perez

    simply amazing.....

  • 5 years ago

    by Yakori bint Muhammed

    This is so sad but lovely. We always tend to take our Mothers for granted. We easily forget and ignore their sacrifices, time and energy spent on us. How much love, care and concern they showered us with. We tend to simplify all they've done by just a thank you, when even a lifetime isn't enough to appreciate all they've done and been doing.

    Mothers are gems, priceless and ought to be glowing with our love infused to them. We mostly realise their immeasurable efforts, when we start to take care of our very own. Then we remember, how much she went through just to make us happy, put smiles on our faces and provide us with our necessities.

    We should always glorify and be there for them before its too late. Lets be grateful and honour when they're still with us. Lets love, pamper and be their for them. That's the best we can do to them in our lives. Really good reminder on how much we neglect as children.

    An honest and heart warming read. Great work! :-) ..

  • 7 years ago

    by PinkyPrincess

    WOWWW!! Yakiiii this poem is SOOO touchinggg and inspiring!!! I LOVED ITTTT!! Congratulations on the win! You truly deserve it!!! This poem is relatable, and made me think of my mom and how much I have taken her for granted.... your poem made me appreciate her so much more!! Did you show it to her? She will LOVE it!!! And you should hand write in a nice card or something and give it to her on mother's day!!! =D It will be SO sweet!!

    I love how you started by calling her the antagonist and you the protagonist, sometimes we play the victim and make others feel like they are always out to get us or bother us, even our own flesh! It happens! But I love how you showed how that changes throughout the poem... Amazing!!! Well done!!! =D

  • 7 years ago

    by CoLliN

    you got my respect yakz
    i love your writing.. similar to mine in a way of simplicity.. thats what kinda made me read oneo f your poems in the first place.. but you have a flavor that makes the reader wants to read more.

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