The crook of my arm

The crook of my arm

© July 2015 Folakemi Emem-Akpan

For Joshua, who asked that a poem be written for him, like one was done for his sister. Here you go, my courageous little one


The crook of my arm was made for you

On your first day in the world

They placed you in this arm curve

And your littlest head and my arm fit

Like gloves tailored to the fingers


The crook of my arm was made for you

On that first warm night

You bawled and bellowed

And nothing could comfort you

Except for the crook of my arm


My darling little boy who is not so little anymore

I now can hardly lift you by myself

But in those moments of tenderness

And when those thousand kisses you give

The crook of my arm is still made for you


There are the hugs that you frequently give

And the squeezes too numerous to mention

And in those moments of hurt and pain

Only mommy’s arms would do the job

The crook of my arm is still made for you


The years are flying by and I know in a little while

You’ll be too big for the crook of my arm

Physically you will be too big

And emotionally you will be too big

But for these years that we’ve had

And for the few that we’ll have more

The imprint of your body is forever engraved

You’ll ever be remembered in the crook of my arms


Oh my little boy

How mommy loves you so

How I would lay my life for yours

And give up all of my joys for yours

I stand and pray and send joy to your future

And now I will forever remember

The feel of your body

In the crook of my arms


8 thoughts on “The crook of my arm” by Folakemi Emem-Akpan (@Folakemi)

  1. Lovely gift to mommy’s growing bundle of joy. I pray this joy continue to multiply forever.

    1. @musemussang, thanks for your comment, and Amen to your prayer

  2. Wow! This is so lovely.
    I’ll someday write for my kids…

    Joshua should be proud of you.

    1. @chime221, thanks for your comment. If he is as proud of me as I am of him, then I am the luckiest mom in the world. Praying you get to write for you kids one day too…

  3. @folakemi. This is just as lovely as the piece you wrote for your daughter, now justice has been served. I envy your children.

    1. @danjuma, I am happy you read this. Indeed justice has now been served.
      I read it to my little boy and everything went right over his head aside the fact that he gives a thousand kisses. He laughed over that one and gave me another sloppy kiss

  4. Merely seeing the cover picture made me smile and the words did not disappoint. Beautiful poem.

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