Happy Mother's Day

Smoke wraps around you like a halo
the perfum that tells me I am home
Hands cracked from years of unselfishly tilling the land
to bring me this future better than yours
A lesson to me nothing good comes easy
Hard hands hold me with such gentleness
Yes love is hard. I crack a nut born of your hand
That is how much you love me
Dear mama, may I always do good by you
and love you as hard.


©Batsirai E Chigama, 2013