How I wish Mother!!
that my ears should shun those that should not be heard
that my eyes should despise the sight that should not be seen
and that my tongue should come to refrain from
uttering that that should not be uttered;
that badness should flee from me like darkness seeing the light,
And that I should kiss thy Tender feet ever, Mother,
transgressing my own narrow barriers, like a river in floods
And that you should fill each pore and atom of mine
like the moon-light that bathes every nook and corner
of the earth on the full moon day!!
The Sandal tree can’t become something else
Just because it is in a jungle Mother!
Won’t the lamp be called a lamp
when moved to some other place?
Just because they are far away,
can a star shut off giving its light,
14and can musk refrain its fragrance!!
Just because you are in Jillellamudi
How comes it dear, that you can’t be my “Mother”.
Though he resides in the shades of the palace
will the beggar be termed a ‘King’?
Though paraded with thousand ornaments
a An ox can’t but eat grass and hay.
Though it ever remains embracing the Sandal tree
the venom of the serpent can’t turn into Milk Mother!
Though I am near Thee,
my venom is still in me Mother!!
As an owl that could see darkness alone
I am hugging to my heart those that Thou art
My head is reeling without drinking and
My eyelids are falling heavily, and
without coma I am talking like a mad cap.
This strange disease of mine
Thou alone could cure Mother!!