To a mother: A song

In my bloodstream

Run all the all songs

That you could

Never sing, tied down

As you were to the kitchen,

House and office duties;

You nurtured a full family

That has largely forgotten you

In the autumn of your life,

But you continue to smile

Through your tears of pain;

In the post-retirement years,

You sing God in moving hymns

Created by you,

This is the second phase of creativity;

Now, liberated, you chant His name

And offer sincere tributes to God,

Adding a spiritual dimension to your

Rich personality of an arts teacher;

Your life, humble, eventful,

Mirrors the country in its struggles,

You taught your fragile son that

Faith and hard work and integrity

Are the virtues loved by God

And those in possession of

These great human qualities,

Can never be defeated by

Heavy odds!

Your hymns are now

My songs and I sing

The joy of being alive!


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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: For more details, please visit the website:

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