Thanking You

Yukta Tyagi
Monday, 14 May 2018

She gives birth
Feeling immeasurable pain
Enough to make her depart from Earth
Yet she stays for her child needs an aid to sustain

A mother is like a flower
Each one is beautiful and unique.
With a heart as colossal as time’s boundless hours
Her endearment flows like an everlasting creek
 
She gives birth
Feeling immeasurable pain
Enough to make her depart from Earth
Yet she stays for her child needs an aid to sustain
 
The child is now a toddler
Gushing everywhere
His mother behind him
with light-hearted hollers

Then comes the dreaded first day
School seems like a haunted facade
With tears streaming down his face
He clutches onto his mother’s arms, the most impregnable place

She smiles at his tantrum reassuringly
Lets him go and waits patiently
For his return
From his first step to becoming an adult
 
The child now loaded with self developing activities
Has not a minute to spare for mischief
With his mother as his knight
Staying awake till late to feed him
Decrease his anxiety and frights

Now the child is a teen
Suddenly his world shifts to friends and the mobile screens
The time shared between the two now reduced
The mother stands hurt and aloof
She wonders, was this the child?
The child afraid to leave my cocoon?
 
The realisation hits late
Now he leaves the nest albeit
Regrets the efforts he under-appreciated
Tears again streaming down his face
This time in reminiscence of her cookery’s aftertaste

He rings up the phone
Now he is all alone
Savours his mother’s words
“She was always right”, he murmurs
 
So as an adult he returns
Longing for her embrace
The magical warmth he yearned
Has abolished all disdain

Now the reinstated bond
Has him stay and not abscond
He vows to care
For her till her golden years

Bittersweet memories stain
His cheeks as he remembers her strain
To make him the man he became 
Today

— Yukta Tyagi
(The writer is a Std 12 student and pursues  painting, dancing and martial arts)

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