Poetry 2018 Longlist, Nitin Jain

Pure Love

The joy a mother feels when she first sees her new-born baby,
I felt the same the first time I saw you near me.

The joy a mother feels when she first hears her baby cry,

I felt the same the first time I heard you say Hi.

 

The joy a mother feels when she first holds her baby in her arm,

I felt the same the first time I held your palm.

The joy a mother feels when she gives her baby the first kiss,

I felt the same when we first kissed, I felt magical bliss.

 

The joy a mother feels when she first sees her baby stand,

I felt the same when I bent my knee and asked for your hand.

The joy a mother feels when she first sees her baby smile,

I felt the same when your dad walked you down the aisle.

 

The joy a mother feels when she sees her baby growing,

I felt the same every night, it would be dark and you would be glowing.

The joy a mother feels whenever she plays around with her child,

I felt the same whenever we played on bed, I would even go wild.

 

The joy a mother feels the first time she does a peekaboo,

I felt the same when you said a part of me was growing inside you.

The joy a mother feels when her baby is due,

I felt the same, I felt like I was pregnant too.

 

The joy a mother feels when she gives a new life from within,

I felt the same when our baby took birth, I felt as if you were born again.

I never imagined loving any other woman till the end,

But the moment our daughter was born, I had fallen in love all over again.

 

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