M. Asim Nehal
A Mother's Plea - Poem by M. Asim Nehal
A child passed away
Mother inconsolable, sometimes taking in lap
Sometimes taking in arms
Moving left, right checking again and again
If he is breathing, is he sleeping?
People around soothe, this is life and we are mortals,
One will follow other and no one knows who will go first.
Angels felt the pain went to God and complained,
God, pain is unbearable for mother, child was small not bigger
If you allow us we can put this pain to rest by returning the soul,
God said, Not at all, instead go and ask mother for a wish other than this.
He knew that they will fall in trap; mother will not allow them to escape.
Angel to mother, O bearer of pain,
we are here to relieve you by offering alternate plan,
Just let us know one of your wish but remember other than this “Child’s life”
She said “No” I won’t compromise either give back my child
Or else Leave me in pain till I am alive.
Angle said, O painful Mother, courage you please gather
Ask for the one we can oblige but not this one..
She said, you know how much I loved this child and cared,
I never allowed even air to touch my child without being fair.
She said OK then grant me a wish other than this,
Allow me to stay with my child in the grave,
I shall not let any ant, termite or insect to touch the body
In darkness I shall preserve his body for ever.
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