All Too Well (a poem)
She smiles at me as teardrops gather in her pale eyes.
There is a lump in her throat; her voice is shaky.
I can tell that she is trying to be strong for me.
I know I am trying to do the same for her.
We hug each other so tight,
Feeling the warmth of each other’s skin.
I smell her familiar scent, and take in a deep breath,
Knowing that soon I will forget it all over again.
She says something, but I don’t comprehend it.
I am too focused on remembering the smell of her skin.
I kiss her goodbye on her wrinkled cheek,
And can taste her salty tears.
As I take another step towards airport security,
Another step closer to college,
I turn around and see her waving goodbye.
I open my mouth to yell, “Bye Mom! I love you!”
But nothing comes out,
As we are forced to say goodbye yet again.
A poem written for my brave and beautiful mother, about all the times we have had to say goodbye and for all the goodbyes yet to come (boarding school, college, life...).
Ayesha! This is beautiful. We know this feeling all too well if you ask me. My parents just left so this describes it all PERFECTLY! We are never alone though Ayesha, alhamdulilah :) <3
Zain! Thank you so much for commenting! You're totally right; we're never alone, Alhamdulilah <3. And even though we have to say goodbye to the ones we love, we're always one day closer to the next time we'll see them InshaAllah. Love you!
This is absolutely beautiful, brought me to tears.
Thank you so much <3.
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