An entry in The Crocodile Prize
Kina Securities Award for Poetry
You know me better than anyone else mum.
Even dad would agree to that because he was always out of town
You never left me out of sight while I was young,
On your lap my head would rest as I wait for my favorite lullaby to be sung.
You rise with the birds before the break of dawn,
Always working until the sun goes down.
Under the palms I wait while you toss your line into the sea,
You caught two I remember, but that was just enough for the family
All my mistakes were corrected with a little smack,
Mum, those I deserve and I will never ask you to take them back.
Never too harsh, never too soft
You were just perfect in your own way; more deeds and less talk.
Only now I have come to realize the degree of your commitment
Mum, you gave your very best to ensure I become a better man
Not a rich man’s wife, neither a soft-hearted one;
Yu em mama blong mi, because you were just you!