Ma, what shall I thank you with?

This Mother’s Day 2018 is my first as a mother. For the first time, in a long long time I failed to have enough nice greetings or a present for my mom. Because nothing I can say or do can measure up to what ma has done for me. So, here goes a little try at wordplay, this is for you ma – Amina Hafiz-Hannan

I’ve only taken from you ma.
Even when I was a little embryo
I lived off from the food you ate,
I breathed life as you struggled to breath,
I stayed healthy and fresh
While you became sick and heavy
And then finally I came out
As you passed the valley of death
What shall I thank you with?

I’ve only taken from you ma.
I demanded breast milk as you fed me in pain
I demanded your arms to sleep as your back gave away
I demanded you keep me fresh and clean as you washed my poop laden quilts
What shall I thank you with?

I’ve only taken from you ma.
You’ve forgotten your own language to help me speak
You’ve changed your taste to help me eat
You’ve hurt your knees to help me walk
You’ve forgotten your injury while tending my wounds
You’ve spent all time to appreciate my little milestones
What shall I thank you with?

I’ve only taken from you ma.
I’ve taken the days off your youth
I’ve robbed your freedom and rights to yourself
And I wonder what still gave you strength
To love me unconditionally and stay with me till the end?

I’ve only taken from you ma.
I wish there was a way to repay your gifts
I wish there was a way to equalise your sacrifices
I wish there was a way I could love you more than you love me
What shall I thank you with?

Ma, the truth is I owe you my life
The reality is, I’d be less than human to have broken your heart at some point of life
The fact is, I’d be finished in this harsh World,
If I didn’t have your protective Wonder Woman shield!

Ma – Mother’s Day feels a tiny attempt to celebrate you.
Ma – I owe Mother’s Day and everyday of my life indebted to you!
Ma – It’ll be a joke to even try to be like you, because there is no one simply as wonderful as you!