Patricia Biela: Mamie’s Hands

Grand-mère, je vois tes mains.
Your hands coddle infants
nourish your children.

Mamie, je vois tes mains.
Your hands interlock God.
Rosary beads hang.

Grand-mère, je vois tes mains.
Your hands plant
mango and bananane.

Mamie, je vois tes mains.
Your hands teach poise, strength.
My hands wait for yours.


Virginia, April 25, 2011

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Patricia Biela is a native of Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology. A first generation American, she is of Angolan paternal and Haitian maternal descent. Biela is a Cave Canem South Fellow and has participated in 16 writing workshops including Callaloo, Cave Canem South, Provincetown, and Hurston/Wright. Her poems appear in Berkeley Poetry Review, The Caribbean Writer, Drumvoices Revue, and Onè? Respè! among others. She has a poem exhibited in Epiphany Salon and Spa, Washington, D.C. Biela has written over 25 articles, many of which appear in Brainworld Magazine,, and Funds for Writers—Writing Kid.


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