Poems by Kamar Sultana Sheik

Mother’s Blood

a poem by Kamar Sultana Sheik

I knew my mother
Had fed me her very blood
For all infants suckle;

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After I relished the wonderful
Dish of spicy fish
That she had cooked in the day
And had waited without partaking it
To serve me first;
After I returned.

I spotted the wound
On her hand,
Where the fish-bones had drawn her blood
And now was hurting painfully
And I knew that for a second time
She’d willingly given her blood to feed me.

And then I sat in awe
As I realized
This may not have been
Just the second time.