Deva De Silva


Amma's Eyes - Poem by Deva De Silva

Urging spirited feet to jump higher
A pitchy voice counts 'One, two, three' on TV;
A treasure box opens with a groan.
'What is in there? '
Pennies, odd-shaped stones,
A bunch of dead leaves
And one more thing:
My mother’s kind eyes.

It’s full of riches
Only a five-year-old could gather,
Valued spoils that gave him joy.
'Do you have loonies in there? '
A vigorous shake of the head.
'No! All mine! '
Amma's eyes smile:
‘He is precious! ’
They say.

A whiff of an air-freshener
Disguising the musty odour
Coughs out its last breaths in foams
As a plump thumb squeezes its can
A flowery scent I’ve come to detest
Fills the room, choking me.
'Put that down! One- Two- Three! '
Amma's eyes probe mine:
'Be gentle! '
They say.

A soda can, kicked with an eager foot
Rolls tinkling to the wall
Where it halts in defeat
Leaving a trail of pink.
A glitter of mischief in my son’s eyes
'I won! ' He squeals.
A chanting in the air
As my two-year-old joins in
'We are winners! ' They sing
My mother’s eyes smile:
“They are precious! ”
They say.

Watching over me,
Sensing my loneliness
Among my worldly riches,
Loving her grandsons
She’d never met
My mother’s gentle eyes smile:
“It's true, they are winners! ”
We agree.


Comments about Amma's Eyes by Deva De Silva

  • Barry A. Lanier (3/2/2009 9:56:00 AM)

    This wonderful poem carried me back many years ago to a poem I wrote for my daughter who is now gone.....'Daughter'...it always made my mother cry when she read it....and I guess at times I must also tear up even thought it is etched in my heart...and I know it reflects how every mother and father feel about their children... (Report)Reply

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  • (1/14/2009 8:10:00 PM)

    Great poem...Amma's eyes.... most adorable things in this world.. she never looses her mission, some how get all the things done out of every offspring. This lovely poem brought my mind into a beautiful world. Thanks sharing. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 5, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 6, 2011


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