Song of myself

Translator: Anmona Bora

I have come a long way
From the day when I uttered the word ‘mother’ to
Reach the day of being addressed as ‘mother’

My mother moaned in pain to show me the light of this world
And offered me her love and care
My first meaningless words, my first unstable step
The sand house, the plays of childhood.....
Standing on the threshold of adolescence
I wandered like a deer

And was welcomed to a different world altogether
I was made to realize where to draw the line
Then it was ‘spring’ in my life
My heart danced to the tune of spring
I was ready to enter a new life
My mother observed all rituals and through these
It was a new phase I was entering.

Everything was new
From my head to my toe
The parting of my hair adorned with red vermilion as bright as the sun
It was a beautiful night
It was a memorable night
Mother welcomed ‘him’ at the gate and
My life became his life
For whole life  
Through the burning of holy fire
We became one.
The moment of parting from
My mother has arrived

How can I describe this moment
It is so difficult to bid farewell to adored daughters.

My new home
And my Soul-mate
His love adorned his heart
Everywhere it was green, green and green
We loved, we touched and loved again
Caring, loving and touching.
My heart filled with his love
The green transcended to me
The crescent moon looked at us from the sky lovingly
And I put my first step into
The long  journey of being
Addressed as ‘mother’.


About the Author: Dr. Jyotirekha Hazarika, Associate Professor, Department of Assamese, J. B. College, Jorhat, has good contribution to literature with some beautiful  poetry books, such as, Akou BrindavanO’Mur Bukur Jurani, Seikhon Duaredi Surjyoday Dekhi, Song of Myself (Translated own poems into English & Hindi), Edin Teo Uloti Ahibo and Rag-Basanta…[Read More]
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