Mother (OctPoWriMo & dVerse)

Day 19

Prompt: Story telling

Form: Quadrille

Her petite frame
and steely resolve
nurtured and
protected him
loneliness not withstanding

Then he grew up

Waiting for him
she died alone;
the funeral pyre
lit by a stranger

He hugs the urn
containing her ashes
for immersion in the Ganges*

too late…

Written for dVerse. Today’s host Sarah says: So tonight let’s write some ash quadrilles – 44 words, including the word ash.

*Hindus believe that the soul of the deceased stays attached to its body even after its demise, and by cremating the body, it can be set free. 

To fully liberate the soul of its mortal attachments, the ashes and remaining bone fragments of the deceased are then dispersed in a river or ocean, usually at a historically holy place, like the banks of the River Ganges.

59 thoughts on “Mother (OctPoWriMo & dVerse)

  1. Poignant and painful! How I wish children who neglect their parents knew better! I really hope, no matter how held up with work I am in the future, I always make time for my mom and grandma 🙏
    This poem touches me deeply.

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  2. A very sad story is beautifully told in your poem. Thanks for sharing the Hindu beliefs behind cremation. Many in the Us choose cremation because it is kind to the environment and does not take up land. I have left instructions for cremation in my will.

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