As the rain clouds moved apart
Mother birds flew in search of food
But one mother wept in the skies
She had left her dears alone.
Strenuous as the job was
She had fought all her life
Looked after them with care
Forgetting herself was her greatest sin.
Revisiting her better days she remembered
Those happy days now left unfinished.
Her dreams now left for them to finish
How lost they were she did not know.
They spend sleepless nights
Waking up as their roof poured with rain
Tackling poverty was their priority
Binding themselves they set to their goal.
Members left them one by one
But she wanted to be first
She could not see them suffer
neither let them be.
Waking up one day to plain whiteness
The blinding light pierced her eyes.
The scene was new but she was aware
Her dream was fulfilled but she was sad?
Her heart broke to hear them cry.
They cried for her, missed her much.
A happy life would come they thought
When their family would be whole again.
~ Ranjana Menon R
Thrissur, Kerala, India