The Hub: “Father” by Camilia Darwish
by: Camilia Darwish
When life breathed life into me,
Against the odds, my mother’s odds,
My father laid me in the ocean.
Like baby Moses, I thought.
A peekaboo game, I had hoped.
Hide away, hide away, little girl.
But when mother’s grieving hands
Wove me a blanket of lies,
I drowned downward from the stars.
Then when the shadow of his parting
Mast grew on me, I grew bored and
I grew bold, I grew stronger,
I grew me a mountain, and then I
Walked all my million years of grief
Till I forgot father’s name.
Camilia Darwish has just completed her first year in the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing at Sheridan College.