Mother for Sale by Queisha Geger


Part of a series of poems produced by the Fantastic Five, a group of incarcerated women in Antigua and Barbuda who participated in a six week Writing/Communications programme facilitated by Brenda Lee Browne who encouraged them to Just Write. “This group of five is made up of first time writers, women who did not know that they could write,” Browne noted. She was proud in the end of what they’d produced. “It takes courage to share your work, read out loud your personal interpretation of life,” she noted. We tend to have an out of sight, out of mind attitude to people who’ve run afoul of the law and been locked away from society. This series of poems reminds us that, like anyone else, they just want to be heard.



I’m sick and tired of always being treated like a kid

Aren’t I old enough to go places?

To have fun with friends

To do big girl things

And enjoy my young life

Gosh I can’t wait till I am 18

I never get to go anywhere

My friends are going out

And I’m the only person that’s not going out

I wish I had a mother like Kate’s mother

Who allows her to go places

And not worry about who she’s going with

Not telling her what time to come home

I feel so left out and lonely

As I’m watching TV, I’m thinking

What fun I could be having

How nice I would look in my new clothes

A thought came to me

If I sold my mother and got another

Maybe I wouldn’t get someone to do the things my mother does

How she sits with me and talks to me like a friend

Share jokes about people

And laugh about the past

When I thought about how special she is

I changed my mind about the sale

But there are a lot of disappointed people

Who were waiting for the sale

Many people out there who wish they had what I have

Thank God for my mom

I wouldn’t trade her for any other

Nor put her on sale.

By Queisha Geger©2011

These pieces from the writing/communications programme facilitated by Brenda Lee Browne, in the women’s section of Antigua and Barbuda’s prison in 2011, are posted here with the writers’ permission as relayed to us by Browne. This is for the purpose of sharing the fruits of their creative labour. Copyright of these pieces remain the preserve of the writers and, as is the case with all Wadadli Youth Pen Prize/Wadadli Pen content should not be copied, distributed, transmitted, used for commercial purposes, altered, transformed, or built upon without the consent of the copyright holders. All other site content is created by me (Joanne C. Hillhouse) or, in the case of winning Wadadli Pen stories, the specific authors unless otherwise indicated. The same rules apply.


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