Mamma, a lovely poem by Adreyo Sen

Mamma, a lovely poem by Adreyo Sen

Mamma… All afternoon, under the old banyan tree, the children small and lithe… Yes, a lovely poem by the Indian author Adreyo Sen.

Mamma, a lovely poem by Adreyo Sen

by Joaquin Sorolla


All afternoon,

under the old banyan tree,

the children small and lithe

practiced with silent ease,

their dance.

Save one.

She sat against its trunk,

grave and still and a little


She was waiting

for her mamma.

The years flew on

and the dances changed.

The children grew

into tall men and quiet


and went away.

She sat slumped

against the banyan tree,

waiting for her mamma.

New children came to dance,

the children of the friends

she left behind in her wait.

Some loved her for her silent ways,

others for the sadness of her smile

so full of shade,

but they were all kind to her

in a thousand tiny,

childish ways.

And she sat slumped

against the banyan tree

waiting for her mamma,

for centuries and centuries.

Until she realised that she too

had been a mamma

to a whole village,

that she too was now a mamma

to a whole city

shaded by her sorrowing peace,

that she, too,

was the banyan tree.

View Comments (5)
  • Dewey Edward Chester

    This is an absolutely a ‘sensational’ poem, with the included image. I was engrossed by every single word of thought

  • it takes a village…or…in this case, a banyan tree! very nice!

  • adreyopoetry

    Dear Isabel, Dewey and Jenean,
    Thank you all so much!!!

    Best wishes,



Adreyo Sen, based in Kolkata, hopes to become a full-time writer. He did his undergraduate work in English and his postgraduate work in English and Sociology. He has been published in Danse Macabre and Kritya.

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