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Mother! O Mother

Updated on June 18, 2013

April 21 is Mother's Day in Nepal and on April 24, my mother will be celebrating 51st birthday.

Happy Mother's Day to my mother and all the mothers on HubPages.

Mother! I wish you a very happy birthday in advance.

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My mother was 14 when she got married. She was 19 when I was born. When someone asks me whom I love most, my father or mother, I abruptly answer: father. My father also believed so, but one day when he came home he was smug. All through the evening he looked sad then suddenly he said, “Today an astrologer said to me you love your mother more than me.” Since then he is saying I love my mother more than him. But I don’t believe my father.

I look very similar to my father, I have inherited his interest and skills, but my attitude is congruent to my mother. I have my mother’s temperament.

For nine months, a mother accepts pangs and woes to nourish and tend her child. What does she ask in return, virtually nothing! Many of the world’s major religions have glorified mother and motherhood. Virgin Mary is as important as Jesus Christ. Mother Goddesses are as important as Gods in Hinduism. My favourite line about mother is: God sent mothers on earth because He could not be with everyone.

Mother is a wonderful imagery for me. I love to use this metaphor in my writings. Sometimes I write everything true and sometimes I masquerade truths.

My Mother
My Mother | Source
Mother earth: Aerial view of Sinja valley in Western Nepal
Mother earth: Aerial view of Sinja valley in Western Nepal | Source
Mother nature
Mother nature | Source


Life crawls into the maw of doom

The world becomes a seamy place

A plume of smoke rises up from my fingers

Evocative of glum clouds, only that it is thin

I just watch. Up and up.

Why up? I don't ask

For someone has already answered

The blue smoke blows me

Into the clouds swimming westward

I can't quite comprehend where I'm heading

Do I remember that trail,

that village,

that house and...

And that woman?


I have two water buffaloes in my farm. I'm planning to buy two more and sell at least 50 liters milk every day.
I have two water buffaloes in my farm. I'm planning to buy two more and sell at least 50 liters milk every day. | Source

I wish to go there,

Be obliterated from shabby people

Lethal weapons

Diseases

Chaos

War

Hatred

Anger

Strife

Rift!

I seek her

For she is the only one

Who comforts me from the scorching sun


My mother bought a hen because she wanted to feed me fresh eggs. But I did not eat the eggs and let the hen hatch her eggs.
My mother bought a hen because she wanted to feed me fresh eggs. But I did not eat the eggs and let the hen hatch her eggs. | Source

She came out of the obscurity

From the memories I had buried

I did not smile but she took my hands

She said little living in her thoughts

When she spoke,

She revealed her dreams without embarrassment

Even the prosaic ones,

That desiccated with time

Nine months within her

And she accepted pangs and woes

To nourish and tend me

Mother! O Mother!

Let me respire and palpitate with you

Inside your womb!


Mother and Motherhood

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A village woman breast feeding her baby. A recent government report says that 25 percent of the population in Nepal cannot even spend a dollar in a day.Suri with her kittens. Only one of the kittens survived and now he is named Muni.My mother with her youngest son. When I ask who is her favorite child, she can't answer, but I think she loves me most and my brother thinks she loves him most.Mother's loveMy neighbor's goat had delivered her baby two days ago. I clicked for almost ten minutes and got this final shot.My sister with her three months old son.
A village woman breast feeding her baby. A recent government report says that 25 percent of the population in Nepal cannot even spend a dollar in a day.
A village woman breast feeding her baby. A recent government report says that 25 percent of the population in Nepal cannot even spend a dollar in a day. | Source
Suri with her kittens. Only one of the kittens survived and now he is named Muni.
Suri with her kittens. Only one of the kittens survived and now he is named Muni. | Source
My mother with her youngest son. When I ask who is her favorite child, she can't answer, but I think she loves me most and my brother thinks she loves him most.
My mother with her youngest son. When I ask who is her favorite child, she can't answer, but I think she loves me most and my brother thinks she loves him most. | Source
Mother's love
Mother's love | Source
My neighbor's goat had delivered her baby two days ago. I clicked for almost ten minutes and got this final shot.
My neighbor's goat had delivered her baby two days ago. I clicked for almost ten minutes and got this final shot. | Source
My sister with her three months old son.
My sister with her three months old son. | Source

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Audrey

      Rebecca

      thank you my dear friends and writers for appreciating my work.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a lovely poem, and a wonderful way to honor your mother. It seems every nation has a Mother's Day, although at different times. Thanks for sharing. The photos are quite interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      So glad to read this beautiful tribute piece --Vinaya, you have a tender heart--

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Pramod,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on mother and motherhood.

      You sound sincere and very true.

      Regards

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      pramodgokhale 5 years ago from Pune( India)

      Dear Vianaya,

      I remembered my childhood days and knew the importance of mother and motherhood. It is not simple job to groom child, nowadays we call homemaker instead housewife. At least we came to know motherhood is incomparable and no substitute at all. My Mummy is no more ,but recollections are valued.

      Modern time has had it ills and human relations are going less important, but we should go for strong fundamentals and values in our life and existence of healthy society and healthy minds should be the objective.

      did we value mother's sacrifice and dedication?

      I think still we need to reinvent motherhood , important part of mankind .

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Michelle,

      They say I have my mother's temperament. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Regards

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      A lovely tribute to mothers. And your mum must have really made a positive impact on you! Heart felt and touching!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Ishwarya,

      thanks for reading and appreciating my mother and of course my poem.

      Cheers

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A befitting tribute to mothers, especially your mother. Your mother is an evergreen beauty and your baby photos are cute. Your poem is powerful yet convincing and touching! Thank you for sharing your sweet story about whom you loved more - father or mother. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      @Mary, I agree with you. We can celebrate motherhood 365 days a year and not just on Mother's day marked on the calender.

      @Marcoujor, thanks for your compliments.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a beautiful tribute to a most beautiful woman, Vinaya.

      Many thanks to Daisy for bringing to my attention. UP and AB.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      It may not be Mother's Day by the calender, but we should always remember the one who brought us into the this world.

      Beautiful Hub. I voted it UP, etc.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      @Safa, thanks for always following my works everywhere.

      @radha, I am glad that this poem touched your heart.

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      radhapriestess 5 years ago

      What a personal, powerful confession. Just loved it. It really touched my heart.

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      Safa bird 5 years ago

      This is such a lovely tribute to your mom and all mothers in the world. I have to say, your mother has raised such a kind, thoughtful and wonderful human being!

      Happy mothers day to all moms in the world, including yours and mine :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      @ Christy, I wish I could inherit her greatness. Thanks for reading.

      @lovedoc, pinch my cheeks!

      Actually the legal marriage in Nepal is 18 years. But lots of people get married in 20s. Thank you very much for your wonderful comment.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Happy Mother's Day to your mother Vinaya! This is a very lovely picture of you both. You were such a cute little boy. Just looking at that picture makes me want to pinch your cheeks.,, lol.. Your mother was very young when she got married. So, I'm assuming that it is legal in Nepal to marry at that age then. This is a very special tribute.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your mother is a special lady to have raised you Vinaya! Well written.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I recommend these wonderful hub authors to the hub community.

      http://hubpages.com/@sunshine625

      http://hubpages.com/@rahul0324

      http://hubpages.com/@prairieprincess

      http://hubpages.com/@tillsontitan

      http://hubpages.com/@mollymeadows

      http://hubpages.com/@jonmcclusk

      http://hubpages.com/@martiecoetser

      Thank you very much for your appreciative comments.

      Regards

      @mollymeadows, that's my farmhouse, where my parents live.

      @Martie, I'm blessed and honored to know you. Thanks for always being around.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Vinaya, today, on your birthday, I use this hub of yours to highlight your talent as a writer and also your beautiful love for your parents...

      Your mother is beautiful! And so are you and your father :)

      It is so good to know you online. We - and especially I - appreciate and enjoy your hubs about your people and your country.

      I hope you are having a lovely birthday :)

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      Jonathan McCloskey 5 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Great and powerful poem, a wonderful thing for a mother to read and appreciate. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Vinaya, Happy Mother's day to you and your mother. I'm sure it will be a happy day for her when she reads this beautiful tribute. BTW, is that your mother's home in the photo? It's such a beautiful, peaceful scene!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Your mother is a beautiful woman and you have honored her with a beautiful poem. None of us appreciate our parents when we are growing up because they discipline us and in trying to lead us on the right path they aggravate us. What teenager doesn't know more than their parents ;) With age comes wisdom and a deeper love and understanding of our parents.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      This is beautiful! I love the way that your mother is in the shadows, so much a part of you that you cannot even see her. I love this and I am sharing this one. Thanks for honouring your mother.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      A wonderful tribute to a wonderful mother!

      Beautiful verse! Thanks for the share...

      Sublime epic poetry my friend!

      :)

      Rahul

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A beautiful tribute to your mother. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life with us.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Deborah, thanks for wonderful comment. I'm blessed with a reader like you. But interestingly, my mother cannot read English, and she does not know how I feel about her.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I have to admit this is simply beautiful and divine and so inspiring. As a mother myself.. I would be honored if my son wrote this. blessing to you

      Debbie

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Sheila,

      I'm delighted that after reading this piece, you remembered your mother. Mothers are wonderful beings. I have been reiterating this for a long time and I want to say it again, god sent mothers because he could not be with everyone.

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      sheilanewton 5 years ago from North Shields, UK

      Oh, how you've made me miss my mum now that I've read this. I always miss her - for 20 years I've missed her - but now I miss her all the more.

      What a heartfelt and beautiful piece this is.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      @Matthew

      @tammyswallow

      Thanks for taking time to read and leave wonderful comments. You have made my day.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      So loving and well done. Any mother would be so proud. I love learning about your culture too. Loved it!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Beautiful Vinaya! I love your introduction before the poem. Such a great tribute to the mothers who made and rear us. Voted up dear friend! Nice job. Glad you shared in the Hub Hoppers FB Page.

      JSMatthew~

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Daisy

      I'm honored and blessed with a writer friend like you. Thanks for being supportive.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Vinaya,

      You are a creative genius, painting beautiful pictures with your words and photographs.

      Your cultural essays and poetry published as an e-book will have wide appeal.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      jeyaramd, thanks for coming back. Have a wonderful 2012!

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      God bless you too Vinaya Ghimire. Best wishes for the new year. You are a wonderful and thoughtful writer.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      jeyaramd, thanks for following me and leaving a wonderful comment on this hub.

      God bless you on this New Year

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt tribute to mothers. There are some mothers that are not appreciated. You have shown great depth in your writing. You have capture the beauty of being a mother. I enjoyed this poetry.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Dear Sueswan, thanks for your comments on all Motherhood hubs. Thanks for celebrating motherhood.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Beautiful, tender and loving.

      Voted up up and away!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Martie, I understand you because in my culture and country I have seen women being treated badly. many women in my country are killed for bringing less dowry and allegedly practicing witchcraft. I have seen women in my extended family who are forced to live a secluded life after being widowed at the age of 15. But I also see hope for the women in my country. Women consist of 33 percent of parliamentarians, which was only 10 percent during the last election.

      Thanks for your sincere comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Martie, I understand you because in my culture and country I have seen women being treated badly. many women in my country are killed for bringing less dowry and allegedly practicing witchcraft. I have seen women in my extended family who are forced to live a secluded life after being widowed at the age of 15. But I also see hope for the women in my country. Women consist of 33 percent of parliamentarians, which was only 10 percent during the last election.

      Thanks for your sincere comment.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Vinaya, I know exactly what you mean with 'connection'. Love is a thing on its own. I see this with my grandchildren. Two of them is daily 'connected' to me, I know them better, I do more things with them. The other 2 are 3 hours away. The 'connection' is different. Yet I love all 4 with the same amount of love and will never be able to chose one above the other. So I understand YOUR heart, and realize that your father is only teasing you with affection in his heart. However, there are in this world in certain cultures, sons who are taught by their fathers to hold women, even their own mothers, in contempt. And this is so sad - the women will survive this until they die - some of them may even be executed by their husbands and sons. It is the sons who miss the most wonderful love they could have enjoyed in their lives. On the other hand, do we ever miss something we never had. Certainly not. There is simply a black hole in our mental construction - a flaw in our being.

      Thumbs up again for this lovely poem, and for appreciating your mother for what she means to you. You've touched my heart.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Jackie, thanks for leaving a wonderful comment. Your mother is not with you but you can keep her alive in your memories and even so in writing. At the moment my mother is 250 miles away from me but I feel like her eyes are watching my back.

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What brought me here was my mother and almost all my writings then were about her. She is gone now and things have changed but my love for her will always be the same. I feel that same fierce love here, and knowing when our mother leaves there is no one left to love us ever the same.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      thelyricwriter, thanks for sharing your views. When I was a teenager, I hated my parents because they did not allow me to do what I wished for, but as I grew older I knew why they had restricted me and now they are my best friends.

      @always exploring, thanks for taking time to comment. Thanks for your appreciation.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very beautiful Vinaya, I sensed a longing or was it mine. I miss my Mother too. I loved the way you were able to return to the womb..Very deep and special..Thank you..

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      up, awesome, and beautiful poetry Vinaya. This has great meaning. I love both my parents, but my mom has been my best friend. She told me when I didn't understand, "Ricky, you will see I am your best friend in the end". She was right. She was always there when I needed her, even when I turned my back on her. You will always love your children unconditionally. A great article Vinaya that gets you thinking about what is important in life, family:)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Dear Sunnie

      Yes, she is my mother. I loved your inputs. Thanks for complimenting me.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Dear Vinaya,

      This was so wonderful and deep..I had to read twice to get the full meaning..Our connections to our parents are somewhat strange in that one minute we may feel more closer to one than the other..knowing they are human beings just like us with all their faults and wonderful gifts..I admire your honesty and heart in writing this..If that is a picture of your mother she is indeed a beautiful woman..Thank you for sharing such a wonderful hub,

      Sunnie

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      These are the wonderful people who have made my day.

      RUCHIRA

      GAILALOVESBIJOU

      MAKUSR

      CLAIRE

      MARTIECOETSER

      FLORA

      THEBLUESTAR

      UBANICHIJIOKE

      JENUBOUKA

      SEICHEPREY

      Anyone visiting this hub please check their at east one hubs, they are wonderful writers and poets.

      (I have been so much inspired by Epi these days)

      @martie I love my father more than mother not because of male chauvinist attitude or cultural pattern in my society. It is more of a connection. However, this does not mean I don't love my mother. In fact my father believes I love my mother more than I love him. When I was a child I lived with father in a city and mother was away in a village managing our farm

      @Claire thanks for your suggestion.

      @Flora, thanks for sharing your story.

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      seicheprey 6 years ago

      Well done, Vinaya. "The clouds swimming westward" is a beautiful thought.

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      As a mother myself I can assure you your mother sees you as the brightest star in the sky, she will always gaze you the same way she first saw you. There special silent bond a mother shares with her children not even fathers understand.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      A beautiful poem from a great poet. The role mothers play in the society cannot be under-estimated. Therefore, they ought to be respected, regarded & valued. Thanks

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Vinaya, your tribute to your mother is wonderful. She instilled you with good values, and you live a strong and real life because of her. Although in many cultures and in some instances woman are looked at as the weaker sex in the Western World too. But mother's have a common bond, their love and understanding of their children. No one will ever replace your mother, she is always your best friend. Up and awesome.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Married at 14...reminds me of my great-grandmother who was married at 12. She was 13 when her oldest child was born. She could have only three children before she needed a hysterectomy (womb removed) because it was damaged.

      I love my parents differently. I'm closer to my mother but I love them both.

      My favourite line is "evocative of glum clouds..."

      Don't be too sure you have done nothing for her.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      While I read this poem of yours, I once again realized that I love my mother and father separately in a different way, but the one as much as the other. I will never be able to choose one above the other... I am so glad that none of them had ever expected from me to love him/her more than the other.

      Vinaya, I know in some cultures women are not regarded equal to men, and that boys are already at the age of 5 regarded as superior to their mothers. This is so sad, because the bond that was established between mother and child in the womb is unbreakable and could only be ignored and disdain with sad-sad consequences for the child (who will eventually be an adult, longing-yearning-aching for the love of a mother he/she has never experienced.) But also between father and child is a special bond which should be equally maintained and treasured.

      This is sad but beautiful poem! Voted up up up.

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      Clairepeek 6 years ago

      Dear Vinaya,

      This is a profound tribute to mothers and motherhood... but not only... you are unveiling the feelings of false resentment I thought, the finding of this love for your mother... exposing your life.

      Hugs ^_^

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 6 years ago from India

      Vinaya,

      Greetings from MAKUSR. You have written a beautiful tribute to your mother. I had also written about my mother in 'Salutations Mother'. Good work friend.

      Lots of Love,

      MAKUSR

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      gailalovesbijou 6 years ago from Wyomissing, PA

      Thought provoking and beautiful. The landscape of your soul... Learning so much about so many on HubPages. Voted up, beautiful, and interesting. Thank you for sharing!

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Vinaya you have written such a beautiful piece dedicated to all mothers!

      Voted up and beautiful