at the kitchen
prompting the click-clack of pots
& wafting aromas.
on the prayer rug
bowing day & night
to ward off misfortunes.
flicking gélé & beauty
queen of chores
furrowing her brows when
the dishes lay undone.
as a worker
dripping value daily like
raindrops in a desert.
gélé: African women headscarves, mostly worn to parties.
Dynamic Rahma O. Jimoh is a writer and nature photog. She is a 2021 Hues Foundation scholar and a 2020 Pushcart Prize Nominee. A lover of sunsets and monuments. She has been published or forthcoming in Feral, Serotonin and The Hellebore. She was recently shortlisted as top ten in the Hysteria Writing Contest. She is the Poetry Editor for The Quills and a Poetry Reader at Chestnut Review. Pronouns: She/Her Facebook @Rahma O. Jimoh, Twitter/Instagram @dynamicrahma
4 thoughts on “Mother In Five Portraits ”
A simple, yet, precisely capturing the vignette of an African ma. Lolz at ‘queen of chores’, reminds me of my grandmother . Grannyholic! Well written D R. Write more.
This is a beautiful and precise description of maami.
Rahma is a national treasure
Simple, subtle and reminiscent.
The simplicity of the admiration of a daughter for her mother–and its deceptive complexity–is captured in all its immense importance in just these 5 triplet stanzas. Absolutely incredible. 🙂