A Mother and Her Son by Indunil Madhusankha  

We have an āchchi in the neighbourhood 

 She has a son

 fitting to be called 

 a highly dedicated son

 She sweats out

 from morning till night

 cooking, washing, sweeping and cleaning

 She performs all the daily chores

 Her eldest son,

 the most affectionate of her children

 displays a great solicitude to see his mother

 Not once in a blue moon like the others

 but monthly he makes a visit,

 empty handed,

 to have a meeting with his distraught mother

 A typical loving conversation breaks out

 It is with showy hesitation and sluggishness

 that he accepts his mother’s sum

 which she earned with exertion

 And then he spends it

 to buy arrack

 Her son, 

 Her devoted son….

 

(Previously published in the Literary Yard e-Journal on 29th December 2015)

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