The Hallelujah of our Tomorrow

by Eden Benibo

Growing up,
I watched my mother
Fold my dreams neatly
And placed them safely
At a corner in her heart.
And even when the storms
Of life tried to blow visions
Out of sight
She always had those dreams in mind,
Constantly reminding me of not who I should be
But who I am.

I watched my mother
Laugh out loud
The sound of her laughter
Rang a bell of assurance,
Even at a point when there were so many pointless reasons to stay strong
.
Whenever she scratched my back
My legs would clap together
As her hands ran through
The exact spot of my discomfort,
She always had a way of making a frown drown in a sea of smiles
.
I watched my mother teach me the rudiments of life.
Her eyes a display of lessons untold
Her voice, the depth knowledge finely knitted.
An intertwined of hope, wisdom and faith
An unconnectedly connected trio
Forming a loop:
A replacement to the loopholes life tried to create in our desire for a better tomorrow
.
She never taught me how to pray,
I mean, pray to have the best
Rather, I was taught to become it
To become that thing called best.
So daily,
She called me best
And in our prayers we knew we were the hallelujah of our tomorrow
.
Sometimes,
I suddenly felt my dreams had become strangers to me
Even when these dreams were already indigenes of my mother’s heart,
And I just wondered how & why
A person would love you even more than you love yourself.
.
They say tomorrow
Will take care of itself
And so did we.
I watched my mother
Watch me grow into a better tomorrow
Who could take care of herself even when the rain refuses to drizzle and the sun decline shinning,
A tomorrow
An envy of our yesterday
And the longings of our today
Gradually,
I am becoming
The wishes of my yesterday
And the goals of my today for tomorrow.
.
From the very beginning,
She saw a future
Tinted in victory
Even when I was colour blind
To see the silver lining
At the end of the tunnel
.
With the masterpiece of my dreams in my being
And a copy still neatly and safely seated at the bottom of her heart
Bit by bit
We see our better tomorrow unfold before our eyes.

-Eden Benibo

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I totally love it! love you girl!

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Hannah August 6, 2018 - 12:45 pm

Great work Eden Unibenibo. Nice piece

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Ngozi Amadi August 6, 2018 - 2:00 pm

Bennie, you are the best any time any day. I am greatly expectant of that who the Almighty God has ordained you to be.

It would neither be by your works nor by any man’s power but by the spirit of the Monach of the whole universe.

It is very important to state here that the course of your life to greatness was chatted before your birth and coming out the best; is a done deal.

More grace daughter of Zion

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