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Motherhood : Poem

Vanita Thakkar is an Entrepreneur - an Engineer-Researcher-Consultant and an Artist - Singer-Composer-Poetess-Writer from Vadodara, Gujarat.

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Motherhood

I was a little more than

Five years old,

Had not started

Going to school, yet.

Everyday,

I listened to the radio,

Heard songs –

Most of them Hindi Film songs ….

And was very impressed

By Lata Mangeshkar ….

One day,

Curious,

I asked my father,

“Pappa, does Lata Mangeshkar’s daughter

Also sing so beautifully? ”

“Lata Mangeshkar

Does not have a daughter.”

“Why? ”

“She is not married.”

“So what? ” ….

I wondered! !

I had the impression that

At a certain age,

Every girl becomes a lady

And a mother,

Bearing and rearing children ….,

A phonomenon as natural

And as matter-of-fact as

Flowering of plants, trees ….

“You are a fool! ”,

My not-so-elder,

But wise brother quipped

And unknowingly spared

Pappa’s adult answerlessness.


Later on,

I grew up,

Accumulated age,

And I saw,

Birth-givers

Not becoming mothers

And Motherhood

Craving in childless arms ….

And I wonder,

Where did It get trapped?

Where? ………..?

Where is It struggling?

On its way from

Doll-house to home?


Vanita Thakkar (12.07.2009)

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Comments

Vanita Thakkar (author) on May 09, 2021:

Thanks, Misbah for your visit and nice comments. Sincerely appreciate them.

Heartiest Thanks to you for your prayers and good wishes for my father and my family. God bless you, dear.

Happy Mother’s Day to you and everyone at your place as well.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on May 09, 2021:

Thanks, MG Singhji for your visit and nice comments. Much appreciated.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 09, 2021:

Thanks for sharing this lovely poetry, Vanita

I enjoyed it very much. My sincerest prayers for you and your family. May God Bless your father with good health. Amen!! Happy Mother's Day

Much Love

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 08, 2021:

Vanita, you write lovely thoughtful poems and this on motherhood is first class. Keep up the good show.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on May 08, 2021:

Thanks, Vidyaji for your visit, your nice comments and for your wishes for my father. Sincerely appreciate your goodwill.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on May 08, 2021:

Thanks, dear Brenda. Lots of love and best regards to you and all.

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 08, 2021:

A very nice poem Vanita. You brought out the essence of motherhood so well. Hope your Father gets well soon.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 08, 2021:

Vanita

You can count on it!

Sending prayers your way.

Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Vanita Thakkar (author) on May 08, 2021:

Thanks, Brenda for your kind words. Sincerely appreciated.

Pappa is under treatment in the hospital. His condition is improving. We hope to see him back in 3-4 days. Please do keep praying.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 08, 2021:

Vanita

I pray your father is doing well.

Your poetry as always..touches us.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on May 08, 2021:

“There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.” —Elder M. Russell Ballard

Vanita Thakkar (author) on October 02, 2020:

Thanks, Ankita. Lots of love.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on October 02, 2020:

Thanks, dear Peggy. Love and regards to you.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on October 02, 2020:

Thanks, Soumak for coming by to read and for your nice comment.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on October 02, 2020:

Thanks, Brenda for reading and commenting. Sincerely appreciated.

Ankita B on October 02, 2020:

A very powerful poem. Well written.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2020:

I second what Rajan wrote.

Sannyasi Raja from Durgapur, West Bengal, India on October 02, 2020:

Deeply felt those lines.

Very well written.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 02, 2020:

It is hard & sad to understand.

Good write.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on October 02, 2020:

Yes, Rajanbhai. These lines are true and very sad.

Thanks for visiting and commenting. Much appreciated.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 02, 2020:

"Birth-givers

Not becoming mothers

And Motherhood

Craving in childless arms"

These are powerful lines. So true and so sad.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on October 02, 2020:

Thanks, Olusegun for your visit and comment. Much appreciated.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on October 02, 2020:

Age teaches us to understand so many things in life. Good work.

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