Remembering Mamo

from Akoma, Afena and Aya by Renee Alexander

Ma•mi

Ma•ma

Ma•mo

Mother of my mother

Beautiful black angel

in a

Day-yellow

A-line

Dress

Lips not puckered

But perched

Mouth muscles

Pressed together

To keep

The giggle in

In my memory

You are always

on the verge

Of laugher . . .

Your hand stretches down

To cradle mine

In the Big Star grocery store

On Graham Street

Momma has said “no” to “please”

And you have signaled “yes”

Without saying anything

We are walking together

Side-by-side

Conversing in silence

Like people in love

I am cuddled close

To your almost laugher

We are connected

Through the soft

Of our hands

You are wearing the canary yellow dress

You always wear

In the picture

On mama’s night stand

You in your dress

And me in my smile . . .

I am five again

And you are alive

again

And we are Saturday and summer

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