[ Issue 5 / May 2013 ]
Mother by Bob D’Costa (India)
Only one single Minute will request you to wait
after your finger presses the bell
for very soon
you will hear the pat-pat of her feet
beating on the floor.
The crunch of the twice-turned door-knob
in an anti-clockwise path
fails to be more audible than her faint smile at the door –
music orbiting in my thoughts –
as she crushes the grill gate
making it gather itself
like an unexplored ambitious dream
that go unfulfilled before gradually withdrawing itself
and turning to a molecule
in your brain cell.
Her smile – shot straight from the heart –
is a direct invitation to step in.
The conversation suffers occasional breaks
with the doorbell rings
and her remembrance slips between the ridges
of her age,
the bones hardened long ago.
soft as the loosened flesh
of her under arms
carve out words, shape thoughts –
her childhood dolls
transforms her into a 9-year old prattler.
Bob D’Costa is a poet, author and creative writing instructor with four books of poems, A Brutal Sunset, The Ten Commandments, Gods on Earth and Dark Roots and novels Love and Life in a Changing City (2012) and No New Mail but Mail from a New Girl (2013). Besides writing, Bob D’Costa is a creative writing instructor conducting writing tours in the lap of nature to guide to inspire writers in all genres on their path of writing. Though he has four ready manuscripts of novels for publication and continues with his writing, poetry is Bob firstlove.