A Class for Expecting Mothers



A class was held,
Expecting mothers sat in a row,
ready for a fruitful lecture
from the most erudite scholars.
Their babies were expected
to add to the light of their world soon,
resting in dark for the few blessed days.
Class had all arrangements
to dress up the thirty upcoming leaders
with cloaks of treachery. 
There were lectures on identity, 
a favourite topic with the learned elites.
Talks on race, caste, religion 
topped the pudding.

Talks on mannerisms, grooming, polishing,

Losing the inherent human etch,

Losing the real breath connection with the universe .
Do’s and not do’s garnished 
the food of living.
Very soon,

 programmed and chipped beings

 with two arms and two legs
would grace the earth
and prepare lectures for unborn generations.

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About Parneet Jaggi

Parneet Jaggi teaches English in a Post Graduate college in India. She has four collections of poems in English-" Beyond Words" (Writers Workshop, Calcutta, 2018), "Show me How Not to Grow" (Cyberwit, Allahabad, 2017), "Live Love Light" (Writers Workshop, Calcutta, 2014) and "Euphonies Of Heart And Soul" (Cyberwit, Allahabad, 2013). Her poems have been published in journals like The Enchanting Verses International Journal, the Taj Mahal Review, Contemporary Literary Review India, The Criterion etc. Her books, "Matthew Arnold and the Bhagavad Gita: A Study of His Poems" and "Social and Economic Values in the Teachings of Sikh Gurus" reveal her love for religion and philosophy.

6 thoughts on “A Class for Expecting Mothers

  1. Sid

    a powerful poem shattering the veneer of elite learned. ‘losing the real breath of connection’ yes. with each passing day we are programmed, chipped to deliver a pint of salty water to countless born , unborn.

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