I speak of a young girl
Married to a cruel, uneducated man
After a year of his beatings, the man returned the girl to her father’s home.
But she was pregnant,
Expecting a child.
At 17, the girl became a mother.
A difficult birth but as soon as she opened her eyes,
She asked her mother:
“What is my child? A son? A daughter?”
“It was a son,” her mother said with tears on her face.
“Where is he now?”
“He has gone with his father’s family,” the mother said.
The girl, too, began to cry. “Why didn’t you allow me
To see him even once? Why? Why?”
When she returned home, the girl
Could not stop thinking about the baby without a mother.
Who will feed my son?
Who will care for him as I would?
At first, she sent her milk to feed her absent son.
But then the father’s family turned the milk away.
People told her: “You very unlucky girl,
Divorced and without your child.”
But she hid her sorrow
Cried when she was alone
Never gave up.
Asked Allah for help.
Now she is tired and
Longs to relax, longs for
A life without problems, she wants
To see her son.
She hopes when he grows up,
He will come to his mother.
She believes no one can take a mother’s place.
A mother and child can never lose one another.
Let’s support this mother.
May she have help and confidence
As she continues her life of waiting,
A mother expecting still.