O mother! Forgive me for my ignorance…
Remember you took me for a lesson when I was still so chubby and to talk so shy…

To the place with a valley so green and mountains high…
But before you sent you often told, in the story of Krishna and his mothers, Yashoda was greater as the view was thy…

O mother! In the spring when you left me there… I met an Old lady with thousands sons and daughters.
Some had left for life sea, some lived with her and sixty more entered that day together..

O mother! I used to remember you and cried for hours in the night.
But the old lady would every time appear – take me in her arms and tell me stories
Of the glories and legacy her sons carried – they were all fearless warriors of life..
No failures to fear, in the valley we saw, they ran with thunder strides…

O mother! In her shadows I found your warmth and touch.
She kept an eye – through the trees, windows, stones and even fallen leaves…
I felt, except looking after us, she had not much work…

O mother! Remember those sweet boys and girls who cried as their mothers left when came we….
When you would come next, you will find all those faces jumping, playing and dancing in the old lady’s shadows…
I think they all found a new mother in the old lady just like me…

O mother! Remember you used to teach me to count the numbers from one to ten.
Exactly, she kept me with her for those number of years, longer than together were we.
Every single day she was there – the hot summer, the icy winter and the heavy rain…

O mother! She was little mad we thought,
She kept standing on the hill top for a month we left to revisit our memories in the world out…
She remains dumb – you say it humble even when her learned sons shout…

O mother! Today as the years passed and I remember the old lady and the story of Krishna and his mothers.
Who is the Yashoda, who holds a place above? You or the old lady? this question bothers…..

O mother! Forgive me for my ignorance…

– Shravan Kumar (2004) 


This poem was shared by Shravan Kumar on email and subsequently as a personal Facebook post on September 13, 2017.

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