English CBSE Class 12 NCERT Flamingo Poem 1 My Mother at Sixty-six Line by Line Explanation and Meaning of Difficult Words
MY MOTHER AT SIXTY SIX
Poet – Kamla Das
In the morning of Friday, the author was travelling in a car. She was travelling from her parent’s home to Cochin. Her mother was also in the car. She was sitting near her mother. She looks at her mother.
|Ashen||Face having yellow colour|
|Ashen like that of corpse||Simile|
Mother was sleeping. Face of mother had become yellow. The colour was same as that of a dead body.
I realized that she had become very old. I felt the pain of losing her. Very soon kept this thought away from my mind.
Now I looked at the trees that were young. They appeared to be running. (When we move in a train or a car, tress at distance seem to be moving in opposite direction). Happy children were coming out of their homes to play.
|But after the airport’s security check||Alliteration|
I completed the security check at the airport. After that I stood some distance away from it.
|Pale as a late winter’s moon||Simile|
|Felt that old familiar ache||Alliteration|
I looked at her (my mother) once again. She was looking sick. Her face was yellow like moon in winter season. (The face was not shining) I felt the pain of losing her. This pain was similar to my feelings during childhood when my mother used to move away from me.
|See you soon||Will meet you soon|
|But all I said was see you soon||Alliteration|
|Smile and smile and smile||Repetition|
But I could not say anything to my mother. I only said that mother, I will meet you very soon. Then I smiled at her.