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Nostalgia - Vistior's Poem

by Pranitha Devi Wickins
(Pietermaritzburg; kwazulu Natal, South Africa)

My Mom, my Mentor

My Mom, my Mentor

'Sniff sniff' Mmmmmmmm
What is that I seem to smell
'sniff sniff' Mmmmmmmm
I think I know it very well

It seems to settle my somewhat frayed nerves
I'm suddenly taken back many, many years
My fists unclench, my jaws relax
Please don't let me hurry back!

I see a home where I grew up
A place of security and routine "hiccup"
I see mom cleaning, because it's that time
And dad question me before handing out a dime

Everything was in it's rightful place
as mom cleaned with poise and grace
there was never disappointment with the smells you got
at any specific time, mom was on the dot

From ammonia smells at eight
To a scrumptious lunch at twelve
I cannot remember her late
With our meals or polishing shelves

...Meals had routine everyday of the week
And we each had a special day as a treat
We never found it boring or ever got mad
Everyone was content including good ol Dad

The security of my mom's daily routine
Kept me trusting and calm, a relatively happy teen
while I got on with my life of childish things
mom continued to cook and clean and sing

'Sniff sniff' Mmmmmmmm

The smell is now faaading...
It's time to come back to a life that is waiting
A life so different from the one that I had
of responsibility, a career, stress, how sad

Yet I look at my boys and I watch them play
as I wrestle with decisions of which bills to pay
and I wonder what they would one day see
when something mundane reminds them of me.

Copyright © 2010 Pranitha Devi Wickins, (A.k.a Nisha Wickins). All rights reserved.

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Nostalgia - Vistior's Poem

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Nov 23, 2010
by: Alicia

Another amazing poem. Your mum is so proud of you Nish. Thanks to your moving words, I will always give thanks for my mum and remember how truly blessed I am to have her. You are an inspiration to us all. xxx Alicia

Nov 22, 2010
The Good ol days
by: Ashley Bhika

Amazing how these words can bring so many good memories flooding back. Great Work. :-). A

Nov 22, 2010
Smells and daily routine
by: Fion

Hi Pranitha, thanks so much for sharing this beautiful, nostalgic poem about your mother and how her daily routine gave a sense of comfort and security to your young life. I like how you associated the various smells with the various activities that your mother performed and how she adored all of you by assigning each of you a special day for treat.

Nov 22, 2010
You will forever live in our hearts, Mom

Yes, I remember too. Thanks, sis for helping us keep those precious memories so vivid. I love you, Mom. R.

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