The night my ayeeyo died,
I could not be with her,
For reasons that I till date regret,
Shortly after her demise,
Habooba’s old goat put to bed,
It was a fine young doe,
Be-adorned with beaut right from the womb,
One day, as I sat by Maami’s tomb,
Brooding as I sang dirge tunes,
‘Angelina’ came along and sat next to me,
She looked into my eyes as though she could see,
And that was when I knew:
The ones that loves us,
They never really leave us,
They always come back to us,
As things we barely give much thought.
-For Maami, Ofcourse.
Ayeeyo: Somali word meaning grandmother.
Habooba: Arabic word for someone amazing, magnificent. A loving person with a very big heart.
Maami: Yoruba word also meaning mother/grandmother.
Angelina: The name given to my grandmother’s goat.
Inspired by Warsan shire’s ‘Tea with our grandmothers’.