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more than a mother

who is a mother?

a million dollar question 

that flows through ones heart

and asks questions

not every one who gives birth

qualifies to be a mother

some are not motherly enough

to even rear their kids

some sell their kids

some abandon them...

is that a mothers role?

a rhetorical question

the mother i have

has a role far greater than her title

the privilege i have to share her life

is beyond my comprehension

she is more than a mother

not because she birthed me

because she knows her role

superbly than a cookie recipe

those poor old days

when we manage to even eat rice

and life was difficult

when we needed chicken...

for christmas and new year

and a whole chicken will be cut into half

so we will have a sense of livelihood

i have more than a mother

a mother who groomed us

all in the way of christ

thank God for the bible club of those days

and how she often tells us...

"say the truth and let the devil be ashamed"

when you lie, there are two ballots boxes

lieing makes you vote for the devil

i have more than a mother

a mother who elevates my self esteem

when people step on me

she makes me realize my worth

"i am fearfully and wonderfully made" she says

day by day, she pours into my ear

to keep myself pure

i have more than a mother

thank God for you

being a guardian,mentor and role model

over my existence...

even when we want to derail

she sets us on the right path

reminding us of the gravity of laziness

and how it doesnt pay

i have more than a mother

and i thank God for giving us you

to procreate us...

over five decades ago you were born

and today we celebrate not just your birthday

but the opportunity it has afforded me

to have more than a mother


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