Dedicated to all the mothers world over.
(Written on mother’s day)
Today, don’t eulogise me,
Don’t put me on a pedestal.
Don’t expect the moon from me,
Don’t tell me I am exceptional.
I know my correcting you
Is the core issue of contention
Today it may have been set aside by you
But tomorrow you will be back with allegation.
All the nice things you say and do today,
You will forget, as tomorrow dawns
You will be back to your own way,
In social media blitzkrieg, moms are mere pawns.
I am not the forever suffering and sacrificing mom,
Nor am I a cleanliness freak as I am made out to be
I admit I come across sometimes like a tiger mom
At other times I am nagging, I agree.
We all have our foibles and strengths.
I am a harridan one day and an angel on another.
For you I can go to any lengths,
I will also step back to let you find your metier.
I can be goofy,
I can be sexy,
I can be quirky,
I can be slovenly.
Respect me for the person I am,
Don’t treat me like one of your friends,
For I am your one and only mom,
Whereas you have a plethora of friends.
Don’t gush for one day and then disappear
Don’t pay lip service to motherhood strand
Just live by the values I treasure.
What I feel for you, you will then understand.
One day when you have your own offspring
And your feelings will churn
When love for your child in your heart will spring
Mother’s value, perhaps you will learn.