To a mother whose son had hopes and aspirations-Poem by Betty Makoni

(Poem dedicated to Sharon Jambawo-Mother to Yemurai Kanyangarara and their whole family.)

Poem title: To a mother whose son had hopes and aspirations

This is a poem from a mother to a mother

This poem is to a mother and son who today part

This poem is to a mother whose call to duty is by a son

Whose dreams and aspirations are word to word by his hand on a paper

This poem is to a mother whose son`s   tragedy raises hopes and aspirations

This poem is to a mother who through same tragedy aspires and inspires

This is a poem from a grieved mother to a bereaved mother

This is a poem from a transformed mother to a transforming mother

This is a poem from a mother to mother

To a mother who at 19 had an adorable baby boy

To a mother who had only one son and just once

To a mother who after 16 years son slips away

To a mother whose young husband once loved and cared

To a mother who from afar cries and condolences fly

To a son who aspired to fly her mother far and further

To a mother who once nursed a baby boy  and cuddled him

To a mother who cuddles not a son but his hopes and aspirations

This  poem know  you is from a mother to a mother

To a mother whose Young Yemurai was stabbed and died

To a mother who got short news bulletins that say no more

To a mother whose son` s hopes and aspirations say ever more

To a mother whose son had many awards and achievements

To a mother who today cannot stop condolences and consolations

To a mother who came a long way and has to face a longer way

This is a poem to a mother from a mother

This poem is to a mother whose son cannot answer when she calls

This is a poem to a mother whose calling is not  to  her one son

This is a poem to a mother whose calling to all other sons now

This is a poem I wanted to write to another mother

This is a poem to tell a mother when all you have is taken

This is a poem to say this is time when all is also  given

This is a poem to tell a bereaved mother to be a brave mother

This is a poem from an inspired mother to an inspiring mother

This is a poem to a mother whose son had hopes and aspirations

About the poet

(Betty Makoni www.muzvarebettymakoni.org  is mother to three  boys, 16 year old Tinopiwanashe (It is only God who gives) Spencer aged 14 and Mukudzeishe (Only praise God ) aged 10

Betty Makoni is CNN hero 2009 for Protecting the Powerless and has 26 global awards for excellence and innovation for her girls work

She wrote this poem after visiting Sharon Jambawo, mother to Yemurai  Kanyangarara to pay tribute and help with therapy as well as finding ways to carry the legacy of her son whose achievements inspired Betty Makoni to write a poem.

Betty Makoni lost a brother she mothered at age 12 and her brother Moses was 11.Since then she has always tried to find out how something tragic can be turned into positive energy

An inspiring story of Yemurai Kanyangarara is being put together by an expert Jessica from USA through Betty Makoni so that some boys can learn a lot from the life of Yemurai.Betty says that although media is focussing on death of Yemurai, there is a lot of great things Yemurai did that can be positively used for other boys of his age including her three sons

`When something pains me I write a poem to see how best I can turn this negative feeling into positive feelings.`

Betty has a collection of 50 unpublished poems each expressing a feeling