The journey’s been tough
and rough,
but my calloused heart still beats.
I wasn’t ready, back then.
My body bulged
and grew a life of its own,
but my heart was too young to love tenderly;
too broken to give what it needed so badly;
too fragile to be handed over for a baby to guard.
We’re here, 12 years later
and I’m meant to be your greatest teacher;
I’m meant to hand you the reigns 
you’ll need to ride through life.
But here we are,
mother and son:
the teacher and mature student
still learning how to be a mum.

© LaYinka Sanni, March 2016


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