Poem: A mother, daughter and someone Famous

The little one’s eyes are squeezed shut.
In concentration, she prays.
Her mother looks at her with amusement
and love. What do you want kannamma?
To do well in the Maths test tomorrow?

The little one shakes her head. Her gold
earrings vehemently disagreeing with her.

“Amma, I prayed that someone famous
should die.”

The mother clutches her good pious heart.
What a devil she was raising.

“That way we have a holiday tomorrow.
When someone famous dies, we always do.”

The mother attempts to drive some sense
into the practical child. What if God decided
that someone we knew, and loved, should die.
How would you feel then kannamma?
Knowing you had wished this upon them.

The child bites into the sugary prasadam.
Tilts her pretty head and considers. Bites again.
“Amma, we don’t know anyone famous.
So it doesn’t matter. Let them die.”

The mother marvels at her little one.
Such immense cruelty. Such charm.
Giving up, she prays too. Rather fervently.
For someone famous to die. Very famous.

Even mothers
need their holidays.

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17 Responses to Poem: A mother, daughter and someone Famous

  1. Aparna says:

    I so so so relate to kannamma. i prayed with an alarming regularity during my exams esp Maths, that a big someone dies. COme to think of it, kids are so twisted in their heads. πŸ™‚


  2. radhika says:

    lol! that was brilliant πŸ™‚


  3. Shefaly says:

    Whoever thinks of children as angels has been smoking illegal substances or deliberately ignoring the evil streak in their own children.

    Besides, why death? Why not snow? Oh you mean this girl does not live in the UK? πŸ˜‰


  4. Renu says:

    Was that prayer to a god or a devil? πŸ™‚


  5. Vinod Joseph says:

    Very nice, but won’t Amma get a holiday if the daughter goes off to school for her exam? If someone famous dies and the daughter stays at home, won’t Amma have her hands full?


    • Amma works in office. Might be easier managing a child – might even be nice to spend a day with the child. One hopes that amma would think a day with the kid would be a holiday by itself….


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  7. Shivani says:

    Lovely !!

    A wee question from a non-Tamilian: What does Kannamma mean?


  8. Grasshopper says:

    Beautifully written, truly.

    You are a master, Neha.


  9. Hopscotch says:

    well written…
    i just thought that if a kid is home and not in school… then the mother will be doubly worked… my mom was always happy to see me in a school πŸ™‚


  10. neela says:

    I would pray like this ..when my son was a baby..and
    jobs never got done on time.


  11. Ramya says:

    I wish the same way when I have test and exams. I am such a nuisance at home, my mother likes it better if I am not at home. Atleat she can do her work properly!


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