Parenting: 10-year-old boy pens emotional poem for ailing mother

Parenting: 10-year-old boy pens emotional poem for ailing mother

- Emmanuel Marete has always watched his mother, a published author, write and recite poems for him

- When she fell sick and could no longer do what had become a family tradition, the young man decided to talk to the mother in a language she understands best; poetry

- The emotional poem made his mother shed tears and go for medical check up after avoiding hospital for months

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Emmanuel Marete M'Kiaira is a 10-year-old Grade Three boy who has grown up watching his mother Jerusha Kananu write and recite poems.

Parenting: 10-year-old Kenyan boy pens emotional poem for ailing mother
Emmanuel and his mother Jerusha share an amazing bond that has made him know how best to touch her soul. Photo credits: Jerusha Kananu.
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Things took a negative turn in 2019 when Jerusha was diagnosed with chronic laryngitis and was put on voice rest.

Apart from her health, teaching and a poetry careers being affected, Emmanuel too was dealt a blow because his mother was no longer able to recite poems for him as before.

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"I have been often at home and this week I was very sick. It was hard for Emmanuel to come from school and find me in bed," explained Jerusha.

Speaking exclusively to, Jerusha explained that her son has been key in the writing of her two books; 'Echoes of Military Souls' and 'Marry me a Co-wife and Other poems'.

She underpins that involving him in the writing process had a role to play in making him feel the need to express his thoughts poetically when he needed to speak to his mother's heart the most.

"The day he wrote that poem he found me throwing up and it was his lowest moment," she added.
Parenting: 10-year-old Kenyan boy pens emotional poem for ailing mother
Parenting: 10-year-old Kenyan boy pens emotional poem for ailing mother
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Young Emmanuel hoped that by doing so, he would lift his mom's spirits as well as encourage her to seek medication as she has been avoiding hospital.

"His poem meant the world for me. That love made me shed tears," said Jerusha.

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According to the St Augustine Mlolongo High School teacher, her son is God's gift to the world, and that seeing him interested in poetry has excited her beyond imagination.

Emmanuel, who was born on Christmas day of 2010, made it to the National film festivals in 2019 with his art project.

He is described as a prayerful child who loves God and cares deeply about others. Apart from poetry, he loves drawing, painting and reading, and plans to become an IT engineer and president in future.

Jerusha posits that the two not only share son-mother relationship but are also best of friends, that is why her son has found it easy to take on poetry with ease.

She also hopes that her son's story will boost her sales as her condition has made it difficult to push the books into the market like before.

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