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A mother unknown

She’s a whisper in the wind

By P. K. GaniPublished 8 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - December 2023
A mother unknown
Photo by Sara Bakhshi on Unsplash

I hesitate to ask

Maybe it’s her

Are you my mum?

No I’m theirs


Where is mine?

Is she in that photo?

She’s in another country

Now the photo is gone


Why isn’t she here?

Like everyone else’s?

We journey through India

I wonder what she’s like


We’re greeted with tears

And long embraces

I’m led to a curtain

Behind which she stands


Do you speak English?

No. You just did

A few words in Panjabi

I’m happy with that


My cousin asks to play

We pass a man pointing

That’s the girl

Whose mum passed away


I can’t take that truth

At the tender age of five

I’ll stick with the pretence

Keep his words to myself


They’re trapped inside me

Seasoned with questions

But as time passes

So do those closest to her


I am her legacy

My daughter is mine

Through this tie

We’re forever intertwined

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P. K. Gani

I'm an avid reader exploring fragments of my imagination and revisiting moments in writing. I hope others enjoy what I piece together.

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Comments (6)

  • Avila Osinta 7 months ago

    Ahhhhh, Very emotional and Beautiful crafted poem!

  • Andrea Corwin 7 months ago

    This is a very emotional, finely crafted poem!

  • k eleanor7 months ago

    I must say this is a beautiful piece!!! I'm glad that I come across this. Congratulations and sending love! ❤❤

  • JBaz7 months ago

    Very beautiful. Congratulations

  • Kageno Hoshino7 months ago

    Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow, so good

  • This tugged at my heartstrings. So poignant. Sending you lots of love and hugs ❤️

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