Vanita Thakkar

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Motherhood - Poem by Vanita Thakkar

I was a little more than
Five years old,
Had not started
Going to school, yet.
I listened to the radio,
Heard songs –
Most of them Hindi Film songs ….
And was very impressed
By Lata Mangeshkar ….
One day,
I asked my father,
“Pappa, does Lata Mangeshkar’s daughter
Also sing so beautifully? ”
“Lata Mangeshkar
Does not have a daughter.”
“Why? ”
“She is not married.”
“So what? ” ….
I wondered! !
I had the impression that
At a certain age,
Every girl becomes a lady
And a mother,
Bearing and rearing children ….,
A phonomenon as natural
And as matter-of-fact as
Flowering of plants, trees ….
“You are a fool! ”,
My not-so-elder,
But wise brother quipped
And unknowingly spared
Pappa’s adult answerlessness.

Later on,
I grew up,
Accumulated age,
And I saw,
Not becoming mothers
And Motherhood
Craving in childless arms ….
And I wonder,
Where did It get trapped?
Where? ………..?
Where is It struggling?
On its way from
Doll-house to home?


Comments about Motherhood by Vanita Thakkar

  • Vanita Thakkar (7/22/2009 7:23:00 AM)

    Thanks RK and Indira for your comments.
    I don't think Motherhood is a myth... Man is the BEST and if he chooses so, he can be the worst creation of GOD.
    Human society is different from Animal society, i.e. the kind of socializing found in (other) animals.
    No questions of Motherhood, there are observations and expressions of facts / attitudes towards it. Parent-child, especially mother-child relationship is one of the strongest and most sensitive relationship, so helplessness creeps in...

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  • Indira Babbellapati (7/22/2009 6:03:00 AM)

    isn't motherhood a myth? the rest of the animal kingdom isn't muddled up with these concepts... (Report)Reply

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  • R.k Das (7/13/2009 1:15:00 AM)

    the first part of teh poem tell us about the natural curiosity of a kid, , , one who has so many questions to ask, , , , teh second part is more serious and throws a very serious question on motherhood, , it is worth pondering, there is also a helplessness in the last stanza, last line of teh poem is really nice, thanx (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 12, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, July 13, 2009

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