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WillieMae Sketched in Years of Blue
by Aberjhani
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
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As WillieMae Griffin Lloyd (January 27, 1922-February 8, 2006) joins the parade of giants departing the earth for higher realms in 2006. (photo © by Wallace E. Lloyd, Sr.)


I.

Colorwise, your earth-lovely hands

are nothing like

the dispassionate blue gaze

of bare evening sky weeping

revelations at your feet.

But the ambitious immensity of it

is very much

as your hands once were

loving one infant after another:

7 boys and 7 girls,

wrapping the blanket

of your blackwoman’s reality

around each of their minds

the way the air and heat and clouds

of this planet

circle oceans and continents

with their affections,

so have you cradled

our sorrows and glee.

 

II.

Some of us you saw blossom

then whither beneath

the merciless sun of oppression.

These are the facts minus sentiment:

3 of the boys, 2 of the girls,

your womb a victim

of america’s fondness

for dead black babies,

3 boys dead, 2 girls dead,

your mother and father, 4 brothers dead

and both younger sisters all

citizens now of the grave

and yet through your body

entire generations have crossed over

to defy the illusion we call death.

 

III.

Your children stare at you now

and find themselves confused

by their split perceptions

of a woman whose dwindling form

mocks her expanding spirit.

4 pills just to say good morning.

75 units of insulin

to help you manage a smile

and we keep looking in your eyes

as if staring down a road

searching for images from your past:

a much younger mother

5-feet-11,  jet-black hair

flaming like a river down your back

so much pride in your steps

that someone named you “Chief”

and proclaimed you ruler

over all things humane.

 

Your children find themselves confused

by their split perceptions of you.

 

But the one singing entered last

through the gates of your flesh

and the singer sees you

as you have always been:

an African womanchild

running naked through a village

with ghosts crackling in your hair;

a little wisegirl preacher

in the backwoods of Georgia,

chewing on lightning and spitting out prophecies;

a celestial amazon, so far from home

so far so far so far from home,

your soul looks back

and wanders past Jesus.

 

The singer is looking at your hands

and the sky flowing beneath them.

Your years are begging to be held

and it is time to make time for you.

Bathing my arms in the waters of this prayer

it is time to make time for you.

 

 

© Aberjhani

(from I Made My Boy Out of Poetry)

 
 
 

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Reviewed by Miriam Center 7/7/2006
You, my friend, never cease to amaze me and touch my heart. Would that all sons could see their mothers in such a joyous and strong light. Your mother is proud of you and knows your words. She swallowed them.
Your devoted friend,
MKC
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 2/18/2006
Once again I'm stunned to silence - not easy to say much when stunned by a tribute such as this. Such a powerful and passionate and courageous write, Aberjhani. You have touched many deeply and profoundly. I'm so sorry for you lose, Aberjhani - she now rests happily in the arms of her maker - smiling down at you.

God bless, Aberjhani.

Sandie.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/13/2006
This is a deeply moving and poignant memorial to your late and great Mum, Aberjhani
I know how you are feeling, I too lost both my Mum and Dad, no words
can describe the indescrible pain and anguish, however I have stuck to the task since then, as they would have it, there is no other way brother, me must press on to the mark in our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing full well that in the fullness of time, we , the survivors of our parents, will be reunited with them in unbounded joy and triumph in the Celestial City !
Peter
Reviewed by J. Pajot 2/12/2006
Such an incredible tribute to your mother!! It is always such a pleasure to see family still the core of our being. I am sorry she had such hard times...and I hope that in her new adventures she finds softer places and gentler lights then those this world provides. May you find solice in her strength...and in the strength that most of the world is truly good, though perhaps sometimes we fail to see. All good things to you, fellow artist and traveler in this strange land.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/10/2006
A deeply loving and most reverent tribute, Aberjhani; a wonderful gift for your mother. Thank you for sharing it. My most respectful and deepest sympathy to you. Love and peace always,

Regis
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/10/2006
"The singer is looking at your hands and the sky flowing beneath them. Your years are begging to be held" - even as, like fresh and running water, they trickle through your fingers... but my, what a tribute to the source and energy of them - and their hope and spirited essence live on and continue to water the lives that she touches through you, her son. What a Song... what a Singer. What mother could ask for more? What son could settle for less? This is MAGNIFICENT in its breadth and scope and is like Blake's "universe in a grain of sand". My heart, soul and loving thoughts are with you and your family at the time of this your great loss, Aberjhani. May your paths of needful mourning be hallowed, and your vales of remembrance, sweet. LOL and prayers, Kate xx
Reviewed by Mary Lynn Plaisance 2/9/2006
Touching tribute for your Mother, Aberjhani. I left four reviews from other authors in the den about your Mother, and had to come in and offer my condolences to you. She's an elegant lady, who I'm sure was proud of her son's poetry! God Bless.

I wish you peace,

Mary Lynn Plaisance
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 2/9/2006
What a powerful and deeply loving tribute. Your mother was
obviously a wonderful woman. Stunningly strong and. . .look
what a wonderful son she raised!! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
You continue to amaze me. I wish I could have known your mother. . .all your family. Bless you all in your time of sorrow.
A l w a y s, Phyllis
Reviewed by Betty Torain 2/9/2006
Beautiful TRIBUTE To your Loving Mother. I feel like I knew you
Mother. Praying for you. Love, Betty Torain
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 2/9/2006
Through powerful strokes, you bring us the woman, her culture, her faith, and her love. You've let us see her through your eyes. Your love and reverence for her screams through this piece of work. Hold her in your heart, Aberjhani, she'll always be there. God Bless you.

Carmen
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 2/9/2006
Only a grateful son could write such a loving tribute. You carry the torch forward for her so humbly and honourably, Aberjhani. You will be in my prayers during this time of mourning.

Love & Light,
Joseph
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 2/9/2006
This a beautiful, touching tribute!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/9/2006
Wonderful tribute Aberjhani!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 2/9/2006
Deepest condolences, Aberjhani. May you lay your mother to rest and send her spirit into the afterlife. Blessed Be.

Sage
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 2/9/2006
Aberjhani, you have made me see and feel your mother, feel her encompassing love and abiding grief at a world over which we at times have no control. What a comfort her sons and daughters, and especially you with your magic words from the heart, must be to her. I have lost 2/3rds of my family in the past few years, and my mother is the deepest loss and sadness, although I glory in having been her daughter, and dwell on our times together. Your words shine. Peace. Joyce
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/9/2006
A wonderful tribute to a great woman by a very loving son. Our condolonces to you, as you go through this hard time.
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 2/9/2006
I see such color, dimension and love for the 'living' of your mother in this piece, Friend and Poet Aberjhani, it warms and honors my soul to see this 'light' shine from her spirit through yours.

With respect,

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/9/2006

Privileged are those that will miss the Commander’s departure, for they have a Model to follow... Blessed are those that cry for Her Sublime absence, for they will remember how to be a Commander.

Rejoiceful I am, for the life span of a great Spaceship was completed and given to eternal bio-recycling as designed, and a new mission was assigned to its Commander... Gleeful I am, because I was given the privilege to know that the Commander’s new assignment is to return to the Cosmologic Headquarters to teach future Commanders how to fly within the Earth atmosphere and deal with its environment. Happier I am, for the departure of this Commander means fulfillment of an exemplary life of COURAGE, DISCIPLINE, DEDICATION, WILLINGNESS, DEVOTION AND LOVE.

I enjoyed the reading of "WillieMae Sketched in Years of Blue".


I salute You, Poet!

In reverent admiration,


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/9/2006
Deepest Sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother, Aberjhani, and I'm sure 'Chief' now smiles down on her loving son.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/9/2006
There are no words for the deepness of sorrow we feel when someone who was so ingrained in our life steps across the holy line into the Kingdom of Heaven. There are only words for the praise of a life lived as she chose to live it; for a spirit that soared and a soul that ran through the lush forests of time, even while her body lay transitioning, half crossed over, half remaining behind. A piece of her lives within each person she touched with her life and her soul now sleeps in the tender embraces of God's loving arms. My heart weeps the bitter tears of sadness for you in this difficult time, when you are forced to let go of the hand that led you through the pebbles that lined the beginning of the pathway of your life.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Only A Poet 2/9/2006
i am deeply touched but your loving tribute to your mother, who obviously was a great lady, an exceptional person. my deepest sympathy to you, My Friend, at this sorrowed time.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 2/9/2006
Would that we all could project such emotion, detached just enough to see the whole picture, but so intimate as to be able to shed real-time tears for the world to see, when death comes to call our own loved ones. But then, it is Aberjhani we are talking about here, a powerful voice to measure up to. A fellow poet's sorrow for your mother's passing.
Reviewed by Paul Williams 2/9/2006
Aberjhani, this is so powerfully moving words would not do this exceptional piece any justice. My condolences on your loss, many blessings my friend.

Paul
Reviewed by Martin Hebert 2/9/2006
~~~Aberjhani~~under this morning's moon~she carries your love~~

~~martin~~
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/9/2006
Condolences on your loss and thank you for sharing this spirit with us. Within this write you have celebrated her life. What more could a mother ask for?
Reviewed by Cynth'ya cynthyaspeaks@gmail.com 2/8/2006
So beautiful a woman, so beautiful a remembrance.
blessin's and prayers Bro. A,

cynth'ya
Reviewed by jude forese 2/8/2006
"my words are but dust but my spirit is with you" ... condolences on your loss ...

a moving and insightful testimonial ...

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/8/2006
Aberjani:

My condolences to you for the loss of your mother...
I can just envision how you are feeling now.
Take care.

Sandie May Angel :o(
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/8/2006
My condolences for your loss Aberjhani! Your tribute is so full of life, so beautifully vibrant it quivers with the excitement of people putting their all into the gift of living. You have such a poetic soul that only words rife with meaning flow from your mind. Bless you as you mourn!

Eileen^
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/8/2006
Beautiful tribute, Aberjhani; very well done! BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/8/2006
I am familiar with this poem from your book, and through you I feel like I knew your mother on some level. You did her justice in so many ways, Aberjhani, revealing yourself an angel among your brethren. She is at peace. May your heart continue to rest in the love you gave and the wisdom you received by being "This Mother's Son." God bless you always. ~~Nordette N. Adams
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/8/2006
Aberjhani,

I sit here, tears running down my face. I didn't know WillieMae, but she came ALIVE in your sparkling verse. Rife with imagery and compassion, I feel I know her now. Exquisite eulogy; BRAVO!

I'm sorry for your loss.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
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