Friday, November 19, 2010

Last wish

You do not expect
The old to die suddenly
Or you would heed their words.
When you see what they have become
You know what you'll become
If you live that long,
You silently wish
You do not last that long
As if exits can be obtained
Like a bill from the waiter.
You did not expect her
To have any desire left
For someone who denied herself
Good clothes, flowers and jewellery
After her first child died.
During her rambling monologue
About people she only referred to
As he and she,
"I always wanted to wear that one
What she came to visit us in"
She suddenly said
To no one in particular
"Buy me a blue silk saree
With double-side border!"
She was not very insistent,
Though the saree was frequently mentioned.
There were other wishes
To be fulfilled
Of others who were not old
But who cannot be so told,
She finally had her wish
But only on her bier,
So, remember
The old can die suddenly
And it could be your mother.

2 comments:

Balachandran V said...

The one thing worser than the loss of a loved one is the regret that you cannot make it up to them. Mother, father, friends, dogs...

It is a paradox, isn't it, that when you see the old and ailing you wish you wouldn't live that long, but when it comes to dying, you don't want to die either...

Prabhakar said...

Venu's post about his mother-in-law triggered a train of memories.
Also what a good son he has raised. We forget that parents deny themselves so many things to fulfil our wishes.