Empressjournee Jamaica

How is your mama?

Each time I see you,
you ask “how is your mama?
I pause, hold my breath
should I tell you mama
is fussy, sick or in pain?

Each time I meet you,
you ask, “how is your mama?
Should I tell you mama
is angry, tired, weary, sad
and happy at times?

Each time I see you,
you ask, “how is your mama?
I pause, hold my breath
breathe in, exhale slowly
Should I say freely, “which
mama? The sun, the moon,
the rain, the sky, the wind,
the breeze, you or someone
who looks just like me?

Each time I see you,
you ask, “how is your mama
I pause, hold my breath
breathe in, exhale slowly
which mama? The gods who think
I Am crazy’ instead i reply
mama is fine, good, in pain,
not too well, hanging in there
each time I see, meet you again
and you ask how is your mama?
I hope you see the beautiful
woman that is the mama in me.

Empress M. Spirit

About the author


I am a graduate of Medgar Evers College (M.E.C.); mother of three, grandmother and great grand. I love to read great books and listen to podcasts that uplift my consciousness; sharing historical view of the different shades of color, the various culture, the way we all are connected, the musical genius throughout the world and the works that are done to help us tap into ourselves and know that we are worthy. I also love to write poetry and sing. There was a moment that now phase in another aspiration of my life, I felt singing was a forum—a path to take, that helps to voice, express my thoughts, in time where I was struggling, battling something I did not understand and what I was going through; feeling unsupportive. Although, there was some support, especially from my love ones, the challenges I faced was mostly internal.
I am so grateful for the grace I have been given to be able to write my poetic thoughts, that is my freedom. I was a part of a journey that taught me lessons and motivate me that preparation is a must to face a world that may not be ready for a new rising star. Thank you for taking the time to read my poetry. I especially wanted to give honor to my mother who is no longer in the physical, as well as my natural father for the knowledge of health before he departed from this planet. Also, I would like to thank you my supporter for being on this journey with me even at times when the journey seems unclear. May we appreciate the blessings that has been given to us, as we continue to soar, as we reach a place of true jubilee.
Empress Journee