One fine day my umbilical cord nipped off,
I made an exit from my mother’s womb,
I got to know I had grown up enough to enter the world.
Weaned from my mother’s chest,
Fed porridge, fruits and vegetables with a bowl and spoon,
I understood I needed extra nutrition.
Learning to balance on my foot as I walked,
Finding my way to my toy room all by myself,
I could see in the mirror I had grown up.
Whining at the school gate with a satchel of books,
Staying with a teacher away from home for a few hours,
I realized I had to acquire wisdom.
And I grew up to be an adolescent,
I could discriminate right and wrong,
Express my views and opinion on varied subject matter.
I understood the ways of the world.
As a young girl I missed a heartbeat,
I fell in love and tied a knot for a lifetime.
I grew up to understand that life goes round.
When I took my baby in hand,
I was mature enough to feel what my mother had felt.
I’m a mother now and I grew up to be what I’m today.
by Sujatha Sairam, Chennai