Theme: Mother

Indian Motherhood

A working mother of South India
Rushed into a speeding local bus
As a Coimbatore afternoon
Slanted its way to death
On an impersonal mountain-top
Of the uncaring Western Ghats

She had to reach home
Make tea for her man
Back from business
God knows what
And out of bed
After an afternoon snooze
With blood-shot eyes
And yelling kids bespectacled
Just back from school
Hooked to the TV screens
Watching meaningless comics

The bus sped past
Many a speeding stop
Where forlorn puppies wailed
For their mothers barbecued
On fuming tar
Where abandoned mothers begged
For food and alms
Their distraught eyes and stomachs
Afire like the summer sun

The mother had to reach
Her home neverthelsss
Make tea for eyes
Blood-shot or bespectacled
Tucking in her sari pleats

Perspiring all the time
Shaming Arabian perfume
That is Indian womanhood
Pause and salute her silent toil
The unfailing aroma of her sweat


More By  :  Madathil Rajendran Nair

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Comments on this Poem

Comment Nair: Very good poem. the toiling of indian motherhood is clearly depicted. It could be more... best regards

24-Mar-2013 06:45 AM

Comment Ramalingam-ji, yours is a new perspective. Thanks.
Thanks Anonymous.
Nair-Saab - your words are a great honour for me, always.

22-Mar-2013 10:09 AM

Comment "The unfailing aroma of her sweat"..Very appropriate and appealing tribute to Indian motherhood...loved it

22-Mar-2013 04:18 AM

Comment Beautiful!!

22-Mar-2013 03:21 AM


Dear Nair

That is the fate of travelling public
Still it is worse in the case of poor students running with school luggage on their back to step into the buses which are not stopped at the marked stops but away from the waiting public

Really it is very pathetic and if it is so for the normal persons what about the motherhood woman

lovely narration
we can only pray for their well being
God only can change the atmosphere

let us pray

many more we expect from you
continue the good poetic work


20-Mar-2013 07:39 AM

Comment Immense thanks Padmaja-ji, Sathees-ji and Kumar-ji. God bless you.

19-Mar-2013 05:50 AM

Comment Thank you Sir for this moving tribute in excellent poetry to Indian Womanhood! May your tribe increase.

Padmaja Iyengar
19-Mar-2013 04:34 AM

Comment Very well said with empathy. Let us hope the Nirbhya moment bring some solace to the Indian womanhood.

Sathees Chandran
19-Mar-2013 00:41 AM

Comment very good,

18-Mar-2013 10:59 AM

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