Blood is thicker than water

Wedded for more than two decades
But the annual pilgrimage to her parental home proves
as rejuvenating and as blissful as ever.
Welcomed by her kin with open arms
and lots of love to shower upon:
The bed-ridden mom who waits with a pining heart
to meet her little doll who has grown into a stalwart;
The big bro who survived a colossal illness
All out to strengthen the blood ties;
A silent, committed and pious Dad
Who, like the true Father, has been-
The Creator and the Preserver of the family tree;
The youngest but the wisest
who retained his good sense during the perilous storms of life
has consumed venom of life like the Great Shiva;
Proud to be a flower of such fine roots
those have retained the positivity, simplicity and loving attitude
Have blossomed despite rough weathers
Drenched in this nectar of love, the daughter, stoically readies herself for the take-off
Anxious and piteous for her ailing and aging parents,
Who would once again start the year-long wait for their deary to come.

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About sangeeta sharma

Dr Sangeeta Sharma is head of the department of English at Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Kalyan, affiliated to the University of Mumbai, India. She is widely published as a critic and poet. Besides that, she is a regular freelance for Mumbai-based national newspapers. Recently, she published a book In the Shadows: Women in Arthur Miller's Plays and co-edited Delightful Dickens: Some tributes with Sunil Sharma published by YKing Books, Jaipur. Many of her literary and critical articles have been anthologized. Currently, she is engaged in a UGC-sponsored Minor Research Project on the Structural, phonological, orthographical, grammatical and lexical differences in British and American English. Under Faculty Exchange Programme, she visited the University Department of English, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, USA, in March-April 2012.

2 thoughts on “Blood is thicker than water

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Whilst being quite a presentable piece within the frames of its own reference , ” Blood is thicker than water ” ,would have benefitted from a modicum of self-editing , less pedantic cadences and a better presentation on the page with which to greet the unsuspecting casual readers.

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