Do you agree with the saying that a woman's work is never done? Levi Tafari does, and he wrote this poem to tell the world about his very special mum.


The First Woman in my Life

by Levi Tafari

A woman's work is never done
If you don't believe me ask my mum
She worked her fingers to the bone
To provide us with a decent home
If she lived in Ancient Rome
She could of built that city on her own
She cooks, she cleans
She does everything
She irons decorates and does the shopping
She chastised us when we were rude
But never sent us to bed with out food
Everyday she would change our clothes
If we had colds she would wipe our nose
Or if we went to mum with a problem
Mum would always help us solve them
We didn't want for anything
We got the greatest gift mum's loving
You can have ten aunties and scores of lovers
But remember you only have one mother
I remember when someone pointed a finger
Mum said I was Black, beautiful and I had culture

She always made sure we went to school
Because in this life you can't be a fool
You can see people will ride you like a mule
It was mum who taught me to be cool
So mother there's something I want you to know
I love you mum, I love you so
You taught me to survive in the ghetto
You can have my last ROLO

If it was not for you then I would not exist
So here it comes for you a kiss
Yes you was the first woman in my life
But one day I will take a wife
Then hopefully she'll become a mum
A woman's work is never done.

© Levi Tafari
March 1983

This poem was selected as part of the BritLit project. To find out more about BritLit visit our TeachingEnglish site.

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Do you think that the job of being a mother is easy or difficult?


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cranberry 2 December, 2013 - 19:12

i love my mum and i think its a difficult yob being a mother. But she has a great gift, her children becouse there is no stronger love than between a mother and her child <3

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smileysophia 19 November, 2013 - 09:11

Hi, Jonathan. This poem is wonderful. I've heard that the most beautiful word in English language is "MOTHER" and the poem describes it so well. I love it a lot. And yes, being a mom is the most difficult job in the world.

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lili 2 November, 2013 - 20:06

hi Jonathan!
Thanks a lot! i will follow ur advice and keep writing
i like writing........ especially for life and what life has,had and will have for you i like to talk about the real life and the poem i did it was based in my storie life....... hope you understand me..... :)

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saba 2 September, 2013 - 17:26

Oh dear negar ,children are very dirty and noisy and some of the including my little sister are EVIL!!!

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claire 16 August, 2013 - 07:58

i like this poem very much.
i think a mom's job is the most difficult job in the world.
sometimes i quarrel with her but now i feel so sorry.
i know she will love me forever.
she always gives me the thing i like the most.
i'm grateful to her very much.
mom,i will love you forever.

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nanou 7 August, 2013 - 15:44

mother's job is the most dificult job in the world,and don't forget mother's gives life the oly thing no one can do it.personely i think she has her place in safe haven.

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Riz123 30 June, 2013 - 14:51

This poem is amazing. I understood every single stanza and it got meaning of being a mother in this world. On the third line of the first stanza
'She worked her fingers to the bone
To provide us with a decent home
If she lived in Ancient Rome
She could of built that city on her own'
I liked it...

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HereWeGo 26 June, 2013 - 15:39

I agree It's the most difficult work, but I think It's the most beautiful and most wonderful work! I love you mummy!...

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SARAH K 17 June, 2013 - 10:08

I think that is a wonderful feeling being a mum. I can't find it as a job, it is not a job. Is a care for a part a themselves. I love my mum. I am sorry that sometimes i don't do the exact thing that she says to me.

I LOOOOOOOOOOVE YOU MUUUUUUUUUUUUUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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