Swapna Behera, INDIA

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WHO IS MY MOTHER?

the baby in the womb
where is the time for foreplay or euphoria?
sperms and ovum implanted 
nomadic dreams in money making zone
the woman is secluded for nine months
swallowing tonics under observation
husband at home of rags near the graveyard
cooking rice for four daughters
the mutual deal was to earn money from surrogacy
hormones, homophones and dream home in circle

Inside the womb a story of combination and permutation
Mr and Mrs came from abroad
tested the babe with penny eyes
alas! the baby has only one foot; so rejected
poor lady with tears
now   to feed the fifth mouth;
husband sans job

the baby asks ‘’who is my mother?’’
Is the baby a commodity?
now that she becomes a huge liability

the innocent tiny eyes with queries millions
sings universal song
I am life, I am life
but who is my mother...?


Swapna Behera is a former teacher, bilingual contemporary poet, author, translator and editor from Odisha, India. She has penned six books. She is the recipient of the UGADI AWARD 2019, International Poesis Award of Honor for Literature as Jury in 2015, The Enchanting Muse Award 2017, Pentasi B World Fellow Poet in 2017, The Life time Achievement Award, ATAL BIHARI BAJPAYEE AWARD-2018, Global Literature Guardian Award 2018, and world Laureate in literature from Kazakhstan. Currently, she is the National President for India of Hispanomundial Union of Writers UHE, Peru and the Cultural Ambassador for India and South Asia of Inner Child Press U.S.

Best of Women Poetry -2020 :: Setu, March 2020

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