The shrill cry of the newborn
Infuses new life
Within the bogged down young mom
Wearied and shattered
Swollen and bruised
Past suffering the long hours of labor
Like a dream come true
The most-awaited bawl
Dissipates all weariness
Makes her feel victorious
Overwhelmed and
Full of wonderment
With the strange power of Nature
At her own capacity.
In the manifestation of a tot
The bundle of joy
Is a bounty from God
A boon.
She feels sanctified
Bringing a new life
Into the materiality
No less a miracle for her
It’s only a woman who can conceive
And bear the baby in her womb,
Irrigate with her blood,
And usher it in the elements
Salute motherhood!

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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.

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