a set of photos dedicated to the love & growth between my daughter and I. Today I gave you roses.
and you were oh so excited
“mama gave me roses!” you screamed, my baby was delighted.
today i gave you roses, no not just because you’re mine but because they symbolize the love we have, and how you’ll always be my sunshine.
each inch of these roses will remind you of the love we share.
the petals being the touch of my hugs, when you’d awake or were scared.
the stem being our bond, that runs through me and grows stronger with time.
the thorns being the days that were rough and you’d shed a tear but i was always there to tell you, “everything will be just fine”
so my sweet soul mate,
when the time comes that I am not near,
look over at these wilted roses or new ones from your dear
and remember, that mama gave you roses and my love for you is always here. • words by asia rivera - digital and film photography by mark clennon shot in harlem, ny 2020.