Best Bargain Ever

It was too good to be true
like some dream come true
when he said to me ‘I love you’
Till now he never said it
much as I asked him to.
Asked many times, he never did.
I think, he didn’t know he should
show his love, so when he obliged
it was too good to be true.

I remember, the other day
He and I were in some shop
As usual he vanished to his nook
Then came out and proposed,
that if I buy his favorite ‘thing’,
then each day of his whole life
he will say to me ‘I love you’.
I laughed but agreed.
This offer I couldn’t refuse,
for it was too good to be true

And next day he did that.
As I woke up dreamily
rubbing my eyes lazily,
there he stood by my bed-side
his little hands holding my face
thus spoke to me, my little boy
“Mama, I love you!! Now will you
please please please
get me my favorite toy?”

 
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The above incident actually happened with me many years ago, when my son was little (as in pics).
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Born Again

When a child is born, the mother is also re-born. It is like starting one’s life afresh with a fresh new baby. Most mothers can relate to this…

Born Again

Drowsy after a caesarean I lay
As if I forgot why I was there

The nurse woke me, handed me
A beautiful dimply babe

As if saying, take care
Here it(he) is, now all yours

As I held him, there he was
Frantically sucking his tiny fist

His nervous half-open eyes
As if scared to be in this world

Our eyes locked, well so I thought
And I was changed forever

That moment I was ‘born again’
As I had become a mother

He was my bundle of joy
My onus and my prerogative

With trembling unsure hands
I dressed him up in red

He belongs to me, I thought that day
This little soul is solely mine

But no, from that day till now
It was my life that was no more mine

My life could never be the same
As it became much better, all too fine.

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My son’s first photo, on the day he was born…long ago.   

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I wrote this poem in response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “First!.”
Later posted it for the Photo Challenge Fresh as well.

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Extemporising

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ready, Set, Done!.”

I am a relatively new writer on Word Press hence was unaware of this kind of prompt writing exercise that’s called ‘free-write’… set a timer for ten minutes. Write without pause (and no edits!) until you’re out of time. Then, publish what you have (it’s your call whether or not to give the post a once-over).

After reading this daily prompt topic, a word came into my mind – ‘extempore’.
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I remember, during my school days (long ago), we used to take part in extempore debate and declamation speech competitions but we were not provided any topic that we could prepare beforehand.  Then a random topic would be given at the final moment with say 2 to 5 minutes to think about it.

In such extempore competitions, where there is nil preparation or forethought, who are the participants who do well in their attempts?

Of course, most contestants are similar in one criteria – their command over the language. Other than that, they are meant to be articulate and should be able to think on the spot.  But is it that simple?  Are people actually not prepared at all?  Whatever comes out of our eloquent mouths, isn’t it all somehow already there at the back of their minds?

Some participants used to prepare for the competition nevertheless, rather they would prepare many general topics and then later string and strew the information within their impromptu speech.  Say, if you had prepared information about your own family (or even families in general), then you can easily speak at length on a topic that requires you to talk about your mother.

If one is standing in front of the audience and just start blabbering out whatever comes in one’s mind, then it is our sub-conscious mind that’s working.  So on the surface it might seem that the speech was unprepared, but if the speaker has somehow been connected to that particular topic in the past, then he or she will perform better than others when extemporising.   If I am from a family of travelers, then a topic related to travelling will come by as an easy game to me but maybe not so to others.

Another factor is, how your mind works at that particular moment.  Your mood on that day, your mood during that hour and that particular moment.  When subconscious becomes conscious, then at that moment, not just the subconscious thoughts matter but the degree of readiness that the conscious mind has when absorbing the subconscious thoughts and knowledge.   There is writer’s block that hinders most writers at some time or the other but is there speaker’s block too that depends on some internal or external criteria?

Like, when writing the above piece of ‘free write’ and when my subconscious thoughts were becoming conscious, were jostling to come out on this word document, I was simultaneously thinking…”Oh what’s the point!!  After all, the pingbacks are not working and it will not be published anyway.  It will become another unnoticed solitary climber on my own little wall.   So better not write”.

But soon I dismissed this vile thought.  Pingbacks or no pingbacks, does not matter.  Writing should be for the sake of writing.

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Ready, Set, Done!

pic source: grammer