Mother's Keeper

Abby Kesington 1979 (Lagos)

I am my mother's Keeper 
At her heart, I stand a gatekeeper
To waive off the grim reaper
 intent to make her an untimely weeper

I am my mother's daughter 
Courageous and a fighter 
One of the arrows in her quiver
Quick and sharp her enemies shiver 

Ever ready for the slaughter 
Not afraid to trudge mucky water
Just to silence her mockers
and clear her path from blockers

I am my mother's laughter
Bringing good tidings to her matter
Like olives round her platter
Her mind at rest that I got her.

About this poem

Role reversal where the daughter is the protector of her mother.

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Written on February 21, 2022

Submitted by Abbykesington on February 21, 2022

Modified by Abbykesington on February 21, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 506
Words 97
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

Abby Kesington

Abby Kesington blends her Nigerian roots with her adopted Texan home, infusing her poetry with cultural richness. Formerly a journalist in Lagos, she graces Houston's poetry scene with her eloquence. With degrees in Political Science from prestigious Nigerian universities, she champions equality and fights against discrimination worldwide. more…

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  • alanswansea18
    We're on the same page.
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • alanswansea18
    I fell in love with this one.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • Abbykesington
      I did too. My mom and I are very close... I cherish every moment the universe has given to us. She lives far away, but I try to keep in touch and have her words envelope me like a shawl.
      LikeReply1 month ago


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