Birthday Musings

By Yohanna Abdullah

To my baby on your 23rd birthday

I had a dream

I had a dream

That dream is you

To have a daughter

Sweet and bright

Who loves me

Even when it hurts

Accepting my crude, rude

My rough edges

Simply me

The ill me

Rough, bruised, broken

You appreciate

The beauty within the beast

Who loves you

And will gladly sacrifice anything for you

Whatever is within my means

And while I am sound and sane

I will do what I can to be a mum

I have a special gift for you

I dedicate to you on your 23rd birthday

It is to serve you through this period when I am on leave

It is my support for you as being top on my list

Of care and concern for my kids

Whom I love deep from within


Indeed. thinking of both of you

Often brings tears to my eyes

As I wish I had been and am a better mother

But I am just doing my best so please

Love me warts and all

Just the way I am

My dearest, I love you

Just the way you are

And I never stop praying

That you will start praying

And find refuge and solace

In our Beloved God


Thank You for this beautiful, artistic soul

Thank You for this blessing –

Sweet, petite, Ayesha Jumari


Yohanna Abdullah is a writer and editor for Club HEAL. She has published four books for Club HEAL. She enjoys creative expression and she looks at life with wonder and love. She is a passionate mental health advocate. She is also a loving mother of two.

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