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Mamma, stay strong

I wrote this poem on a one of those ‘bad mamma’ days. I did not publish it then. Today, as I read it, I  think of the nation- Does Mother India feel this way too – with everything that’s happening now?


There are days that feel terribly wrong

I wander, a lonely soul in the throng

My peace and sanity plundered – misunderstood

Stranded, discarded like dead wood.

 

At times such as these, I float like a cloud –

To watch over, I’ve vowed –

to take the madness in

And to keep my calm, in the din.

 

Doubts rise high – will these waves serve their purpose?

My patience has run its course

Is it worth the pain, the sacrifice-

Or are these- sweet, white lies?

 

Slippery tongues do havoc wreak

My confidence – I hear it creak;

Lashing out fierce whips

So sharp – my heartbeat skips.

 

Melancholic, I wonder, ‘Where did I go wrong?’

A voice within says, ‘Now’s the time to be strong-‘

‘They’re breaking through hard ground

Don’t you, get yourself wound.’

 

‘Let your love endlessly pour

And show them you still have loads in store-

To help strengthen their wings

And to deflect their barbs and stings

 

For you are the cloud  that stashes,

away the tears and washes –

away the dirt

and quenches the thirst.

 

So Mamma, oh Mamma, stay strong

And know your teaching shan’t go wrong.’

 

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10 Comments »

  1. Lovely thoughts Smitha, articulated with the right emotions but may I say who cares? History tells us that people have to rise to the occasion to save the honor, get slain and offer more. Mother India has seen a lot and has always emerged stronger.
    Please read this poem by Carl Sandburg:

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