KIDS INNOCENT QUESTIONS

by SHASHI
(MUMBAI, INDIA)

KIDS INNOCENT QUESTIONS:-

MOTHER! HOW DO THE PLANTS GROW?
MY FLOWER - THE SOIL, WATER AND AIR MAKE THEM GROW
WHEN THE SEEDS WE SOW.

MOTHER! WHY CAN’T WE FLY BUT THE BIRDS CAN FLY
MY BABY- THE BIRDS HAVE WINGS, WHILE WE LACK THEM
SO WE CAN’T LIFT OURSELVES HIGH.

MOTHER! WHY ARE YOU FEEDING US ALL THE TIME
MY STAR- YOU NEED ENERGY
ONLY THEN CAN YOU SHINE.

MOTHER! WHY DO YOU GET ANGRY ALL THE TIME
MY BABY- YOU DON’T LISTEN TO ME PROPERLY
AND MAKE ME SORRY.

MOTHER! WHY DO YOU SLAP US, COZ LATER ON YOU FEEL BAD
MY KIDS YOU ARE VERY SMALL
AND SO YOU ARE UNABLE TO UNDERSTAND.

QUESTIONS RAINING, ALL THE TIME…
ONE DAY I WAS CRYING SILENTLY FOR ONE CLOSE RELATIVE'S DEATH
THEN CAME ANOTHER QUESTION..
MUMMA WHY ARE YOU CRYING?
I SAID SOMEBODY HAS PASSED AWAY AND WILL NEVER COME BACK
THAT’S WHY I'M CRYING.
WHATS THAT MUMMA?
BABY- HE HAS GONE FOREVER
OH! THEN THEY SHOWERED ANOTHER QUESTION

MUMMA WHEN WILL YOU BECOME OLD
WILL YOU ALSO LEAVE US?
I COULD NOT ANSWER FOR A WHILE
GOT TEARS IN MY EYES, KEEPING SILENCE FOR SOME TIME
I PREPARED MYSELF FOR THE ANSWER

NO BABY, I WILL NOT GO, I WILL NEVER GO
WHEN I BECOME OLD
YOU WILL BECOME A PRETTY GIRL, AND A YOUNG BOY,
BOTH OF YOU WILL MAKE ME PROUD
AND I WILL FLY WITH JOY.

I KNEW I WAS LYING
EVERYBODY HAS TO GO ONE DAY
BUT FOR MY KIDS SMILE
I FOUND THIS ANSWER RIGHT FOR THE LAST QUESTION.

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Pain in Truth
by: Elizabeth Nichols

Thank you for complimenting my silly poem. I actually just started writing again....so I start raw and simple...straight from the heart. Your poem was phenomenal. Being a mother of a 6yr old....I was there. You are a very gifted writer....you engaged me and kept me there on common ground as a parent and as the inner child you have to give up as a parent; and so relate to the one that now must have all the answers- yet fear giving the wrong ones. Sorry if this is choppy ...have to go to bed. Thank you:)

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