Les brassards de ma mère

Les brassards de ma mère

Maman, te souviens-tu de ton premier métier

En arrivant à l’île Maurice

A l’âge de vingt-cinq ans ?

J’avais quatre ans.

Souvent je me tenais devant ta table

Pour te regarder travailler

Sur ta machine à coudre.

Toi qui n’étais pas baptisée

Tu passais des heures à produire

Des brassards de premier communiant.

En tant que commis au magasin Ng Cheng Hin

Où ces articles étaient mis en vente,

C’est papa qui t’avait initiée

A en fabriquer pour les mettre en consignation.


Clifford Ng Kwet Chan

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