by Bijal Shah

dear mother

so much in my heart I want to express

at one I wanted to sleep next to you all night

at two I wanted to hold your hand and never let it go

at five I wanted to share my daily stories from nursery

at ten I wanted to hang out with my girlfriends

at twelve I wanted to do my own thing

at sixteen I kept secrets

at twenty I had found my own, life was busy managing social affairs

at twenty five I was consumed with career ambitions, men and big life plans

at thirty I was getting married and wanted you to celebrate in my joy

at thirty five the grandkids had arrived — I felt what you felt when I was born

at forty I missed you, wished to see you more

at fifty my heart ached for the pain you were suffering, I really missed you

at sixty I was nostalgic, revering in my childhood memories of you and father

dear mother, your presence makes life worthwhile

it blooms hope in every dark corner

it allows us to truly experience and give unconditional love

you make my soul feel warm

may our souls be entwined forever, knotted together

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