For Ma

This is a small poem dedicated to the process of writing Reine, in my book Schicksal, based on my mother. Imagining Ma’s life from the childhood recitations, I had to get inside my mother’s character and develop her completely.


Of course it resulted in a lengthy period of introspection and self reflection. Now I understand and love my mother more completely, with more compassion than ever before. Ma I send you my love and am glad you are now free.

“For Ma”

A child lives deep inside of me.

She hides herself so none can see.

Her pain, confusion, fear and doubt

Buried deep; not coming out.

You taught me much, my mother dear.

Unbeknownst I learnt to fear,

The gauntlet landed at my feet.

I relived your pain and wrote it neat.

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