She sits at the window side,
Tried to breathe a little peace-
Keeping aside all the marginal desires
With a mortgage on time,
With a long-distance train
Like running without a whistle,
Will suddenly stop moving,
Then take a little rest in that open courtyard-
From where the mass of the bamboo scaffolding of the fence
The open sky can be seen.
She hasn't had time to look that way for a long time.
From dawn to dusk, till the evening light,
Pushing the kitchen,
Cleans rust from old windows,
Gather the reed branches,
Washes the broth stains from husband's vest,
Putting the torn button of the elder boy's shirt,
Sew the sleeve of the little girl's dress ....
Tried to take a little leisure though;
Where did a stormy crow come from?
Sat down on the courtyard and started yelling-
"I want a little food for my hungry stomach!"
(On the eve of the International Mother’s Day:
Dedicated to the marginalized neglected mothers of rural Bengal)
On the eve of the International Mother’s Day:
Dedicated to the marginalized neglected mothers of rural Bengal