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Mami Loulou (Love thy neighbor)
by Bernice Angoh Lakota

Thursday, December 11, 2008
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Sitting in my dark room tonight
I say a prayer for Mami Loulou (Loulou's mother)
"Mami" is pidgin-english for mother and pronounced as "Mamee"
Photo of my mother,Diana. My mother is still very much alive and a beautiful 49 year old, I write about her alot, don't want to wait till she's gone before letting her know how much she means to me.




Mother always told me
"Freely ye give, freely ye receive"
Those words I never forgot
they were inbedded in my eight year old heart
as etched in as the memory of she who lived next door to us
single mother with two little ones and nothing to show for
but a legacy of love for her babes
It was so natural that whatever we bought from the market
a portion was rightfully hers as well, mother made sure of that
Inside her dark  shack, we'd make ourselves comfortable on the mud floor
bringing gifts, words of encouragement, laughter and prayer
she was ever grateful, I could tell from the tears in her eyes
"Merci Mama D, que Dieu te benis" she'd say to Mother
While at a corner, Loulou, always with a runny nose held my little pinky and blessed me with a bright smile
I never truly understood what mother meant by
"Freely ye give, freely ye receive"
but it was always such a great feeling that I never let it go

((Translation of her words to my mother: Thank you Mama D and may God bless you. I will forever be grateful and blessed for all the great things mama taught me.))

Copyright © 2008 Bernice Angoh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Art Sun 12/17/2008
What a very powerful poem Bernice, the gift of giving is one that is at times so misunderstood...to give is to love and to give freely is even a deeper love...one must strive to be as generous as your Mother, she has taught you or re-inforced a gift that should be at the top of the list for the world...the world is a large thought and yet is it really that difficult to take a bit of ourselves whether food, clothing, water, or any basic neccesity even love and give freely?...for God so loved the world that He gave His only Son...your mother is a great woman within this world, I know this to be true... you have shown us her heart and soul...

"Freely ye give, freely ye receive"

what a great way to live by...

love and peace...

Art Sun...
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 12/14/2008
Bernice Your Mother Is A Very Beautiful Woman & This story poem is a very touching memory of her wonderful heart giving love
You Are Indeed Blessed To Still Have Your Mom, I was blessed to have mine for only 12 years of my life, it is wonderful to let her know her lessons of love's wisdom taught you so much by "Freely ye give, freely ye receive"
Much Love & Hugs4U
Peace, Love & Poetry
Embraced~Embrassť
Vickie
Reviewed by John Leko 12/12/2008
...such beautiful expression Bernice...to be found here in your words of remembrance...and to share the face of one whose beauty remains...found in the heart of a mother...and one who chooses to share it with us...this heart of poetry.
John
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 12/12/2008
Your mother is so very beautiful as is your poem, Bernice.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 12/11/2008
you have a lovely mother Bernice, I'm sure she appreciates having such a loving daughter, great verse in relation. LoveBwithU
Reviewed by Cryssa C 12/11/2008
Wonderful story and wonderful words to live by...
Cryssa
Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/11/2008
This is a beautiful story Bernice and so glad you shared with us. Our parents althought perhaps from a different place and time were still very much alike and we have a lot to be thankful for because of that.

hugs
fee
Reviewed by William Bonilla 12/11/2008
A beautiful write about you Mother
Love & Peace be with you
Merry Christmas to you and your Family

William
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 12/11/2008
Bernice, your mother is one very beautiful lady and you have been blessed to have her in your life as you are in hers. Now you pass all the warmth and love to others....

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Aberjhani 12/11/2008
Both a lovely biographical mini-portrait of a wise woman's life and a beautifully inspiring poem. Much gratitude to the mother who gave us the poet who continues to bless this world with such deeply moving lines.

Aberjhani
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 12/11/2008
Bernice, it is easy to see where you got your beauty. -gene.
Reviewed by George Carroll 12/11/2008
Great life time gift for your mother, your continued love for her.
Reviewed by Linda Law 12/11/2008
How blessed you are to have had such a lovely influence in your life...and to continue to hold her near... This write is lovely as well. thank you, lindalaw
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 12/11/2008
Lovely tribute, great wisdom and beautiful woman(women). Thank you Bernice.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 12/11/2008
Such heartwarming wisdom and gratitude. How lucky your mom is to have you, but she raised you giving freely of herself so that's what she got. Wonderful. Hugs. Liz
Reviewed by Paul Berube 12/11/2008
Bernice,

Your mother is quite beautiful and charming. Very touching memory. Peace, Love, Blessings & Friendship Always, Paul.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 12/11/2008
Beautiful memory of giving and love. Love and hugs, Bonnie
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/11/2008
Your mother was beautiful, I hope she is still with you . . . this was an exquisite poem because of the message, of course . . . Giving is a personal thing and should be . . . To give freely of oneself our of ones purse is truly a God-inspired moment . . .
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/11/2008
A tender poem, full of love ... well done, Bernice. Que Dieu te benis. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 12/11/2008
This is a sweet poem,I enjoy reading it,take care

Edwin



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