I cannot sleep anymore Mother
You left and plunged me in deep sorrow
Your pallu my comforter
Your lap my mattress
Your breasts my headrest
Your milk the tastiest
Your smell I can never forget
A potpourri of scents engulfs my senses
I remember those times when he
Hurled abuses, hit you black and blue
Because my escapades you defended
Hiding me behind you acting as my fence
Warding off blows for me were meant
Took the whiplashed with his belt
Deep scars that forever remained
Much after he had left and you as a
A single parent brought me up with courage
I remember sitting by your hospital bed
Stroking the scars in your skin had deepened
Each welt had a story to tell of how to like any
Mother, you passed it off as childishness
Arguing with your husband; my father who
Had little patience, made a life for us a living hell
And then you became my only child in your old age.
I tried to nurse you back to health
But you left, and now I am daily tormented
With the thought who will protect me,
When I have aged and to others become a big nuisance.
Come back dearest Mother, my pillow,
Comforter, and be my headrest.
Wipe off the sweat with your pallu's edge,
And that's the way I would like my life to end.