Bernadette on a jumbo jet – A celebration of motherhood and femininity.

Once whilst being at London’s famous Hyde Park, speaker’s corner I heard of a male Muslim convert saying the words “they say a mother’s love for her child is great”, those words struck a cord with me and there was a certain resonance, so it remained with me. A mother’s love for her child is indeed something, great, something deep and universal and at the very core of the human experience as it is all of us who emerge from our mother’s womb after her cries of pain and pangs of agony. The following poem is a celebration of femininity and of a particular feminine experience, that of motherhood. Motherhood is indeed something special and in my eyes is a story of untold everyday heroism.

 

 

 

‘Bernadette on a jumbo jet.’

I once heard about a woman, who they said was a mother.

Who flew from one side of the world to the other.

Her son’s name was said to be Andrew.

And to Australia it was that she flew.

The woman her name was Bernadette.

She must have flown on a jumbo jet.

 

Engines, engines, engines roaring.

Plane, plane, plane soaring.

Bernadette on a jumbo jet.

Bernadette on a jumbo jet.

 

Flying low, flying high.

Up up there all the way in the sky.

Bernadette on  a jumbo jet.

Bernadette on a jumbo jet.

 

At times maybe her green eyes were crying.

At others she herself was full of sighing.

Bernadette on a jumbo jet.

Bernadette on a jumbo jet.

 

Perhaps for her sick son, did she often weep.

Her love for him, being so, so deep.

Bernadette on a jumbo jet.

Bernadette on a jumbo jet.

 

Tears of sadness, tears of joy.

All for him, for her little boy.

Bernadette on a jumbo jet.

Bernadette on a jumbo jet.

Next time I see a jumbo jet, flying up high above.

Maybe I’ll think of a mother, a child and maternal love.

Bernadette on a jumbo jet.

Bernadette on a jumbo jet.

– Faatih, 2008.

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9 Responses to “Bernadette on a jumbo jet – A celebration of motherhood and femininity.”


  1. 1 majnun December 12, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I guess only a mother can really understand what Motherhoods about.

    • 2 beasiswa s2 May 15, 2010 at 6:33 am

      Salam kenal dari mahasiswa yogyakarta, mari kita tingkatkan dunia pendidikan di Indonesia melalui media blog ini, bersama kita tingkatkan mutu dan kualitas masyarakat, semoga tulisan anda yang bermanfaat ini dapat digunakan dengan baik oleh siapapun dengan menjunjung tinggi dan menghormati hak cipta. @ beasiswa s2

  2. 3 faatih December 12, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Very true, but a child can also understand how much a mother loves them.

  3. 4 Dukette January 24, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Nice. Sadly, most of the time people realize their Mother’s love only after they lose them.

  4. 5 Summer July 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Sometimes a mother’s love suffocates and cages you. I know a lot of people are going to get mad after this comment but motherly love should have a limit. When it gets to the point that you’re suffocating your child with all your rules and set up their life the way you want it. Force them into religion and culture. That’s just……….. That’s just prison. I can’t wait to get away from this motherly love.

  5. 6 seasonsali September 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    “Paradise is at the feet of the mothers”
    Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.)

  6. 7 seasonsali September 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Everybody loves his mother
    “Paradise is at the feet of the mothers”
    Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.)

  7. 8 seasonsali September 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Bernadette was an undersized ailing child who suffered from asthma; her intellectual equipment was simple, and some witnesses thought her stupid. But her veracity, courage, and complete disinterestedness are beyond dispute.

  8. 9 seasonsali September 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    One day a man came to see the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. It seemed that he was trying to solve something but couldn’t quite work it out. So he asked the Prophet. ”Tell me, O Prophet!” I have many relatives and many friends whom I love, and whom I wish to care for and help. But I often find it difficult to decide which of them has the greatest claim upon me? Which of them should come first?” The Prophet replied immediately, ”Your mother should come first and before all others.”


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