This spoken word was written by Karima Moor, a talented Birmingham teenager, for Birmingham Mom Collective. Her words are meant to encourage mothers in the world’s most challenging role. Read her words, and scroll down to watch her perform this poem. We are excited to see where Karima’s talent takes her, and we are grateful for her sharing it with us.
Warrior. Soldier. Fighter. Lover.
“Warrior, Soldier, Fighter, Lover; You’re the glue that molds me together. Mom, to describe you is truly difficult because words put you in a box, and that feels almost criminal. Thank you for being caring, far more than physical, nurturing things not always visible. We all know a mother’s job is not typical, but you do it so gracefully. Your presence is critical. You are many of my firsts. My first teacher. Guiding me through life, I’m so glad you are my leader. You were the first to believe in me. Thank you for making me a dreamer, not always telling me what I wanted to hear, but making me see deeper. A different perspective is what you gave, not to make everything a debate, but break my idea that I was always right. You were the first to teach me that I have to fight. Fight for things in life. Whatever I want, I have to go after. I can go get it with swagger. You taught me one of the most beautiful things in life is laughter. Find the best thing in the midst of a disaster. Even when I shatter, I don’t have to feel scattered. There’s always a new chapter to push for better, even if I don’t have all the answers. My first disciplinary, not unnecessarily just making sure I can be extraordinary, even legendary, without tripping over my own mistakes. Because, Mom, you are a visionary, seeing how special I am and using my purpose because together we can break generational curses. Mom, you are my biggest fan, giving me the strength to push forward as much as I can. I want our bond to never end. On you, forever I will depend. Most importantly, you are my first friend, my best friend, my diary, my anchor. When I’m in need, I know I can run to you, no-brainer. Every day is Mother’s Day because you deserve it. Notice I never said you were perfect, because you weren’t. But that was never what I needed you to be. I just needed you to be there for me, because this relationship is something you perfect by experiencing. We are learning together. Mom, thank you for being there for me always and forever.”
By Karima Moor