Kochi : India | Sep 09, 2012 at 10:42 AM PDT
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No dearth of love

No dearth of care

No dearth of affection

children and grand children, though vie

with one another

to attend to her all needs

the old lady always feels like

a fish out of water

from the very day

she bid adieu to ancestral home

where she spent a major part of her life

with her better-half and children.

Then only she learned

the definition of

peace, tranquility and

delight and satisfaction.

Time never stands still

with the flow of time

changes naturally affected her life

his life and

children’s life.

She and her better-half

grew old

children married off

and got separated

one by one

each with his/her spouse

settled in different cities.

At last the old lady

and the old man left at home

both spent recalling their old days

the golden days and gradually

they learnt to live with

gnawing loneliness

still keeping happy

as her better-half

like a shadow was always with her.

But one day, like double whammy

unexpectedly, unpredictably

her better-half left to his heavenly abode

leaving her alone.

The children came

weeping all the way

and tried to console her,

the aged lady

still felt a void in her life

she couldn’t come to

terms with herself

and felt like he is always with her

he is everywhere

in the home and its premises.

He always visited her

in her dreams

which she mistook for real

that much harmony

existed between them throughout.

Children were unwilling

to leave the aged-lady alone

such an eventuality

was quite unthinkable to them.

All of them met

while she was in bed

recalling the precious

moments with him

heaving deep sighs frequently.

Children decided

let mother spend

alternately at each one’s house

each wanted her to be

happy always

each wanted her to be

satisfied with her life wherever she was.

Children’s decision was final.

Caressing her,

embracing her, consoling her

and they opened their

hearts to her,

her heart skipped a beat

she felt a lump in her throat

leaving him alone how could she

leave the home?

She felt helpless

She knew the predicament of her children


How could she leave him alone at home

he is alive and he is always with her

how could she leave him alone?

She saw his tearful eyes

she saw him leaning against the wall helplessly

watching her leaving him alone

she saw him waving his hands at her

and in a split-second

he vanished from her sight.

Tears ran down her wrinkled face

children consoled her

she looked back once more

her home like an orphan

seemed to be shedding tears

her daughter helped her

to enter the car

each one by one

waved to her

all in tears

the car started moving

she sat with closed eyes…

krsurendran is based in Kochi, Kerala, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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