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Volume 2 | Issue 3 | March 2008 | 

Eulogy to my Mother
Lalita Noronha


You tethered us with silken threads,
wove our lives into a tapestry,
a mosaic of memories
you wrapped around continents,
the girth of the earth,
as if time and distance were irrelevant.

Take us back to the beginning.
Give us faith in sheets of monsoon rain,
between claps of thunder,
under doubts that fill ponds and swell rivers.

Give us peace in gentle rain
between folds of petals,
under blades of grass.
May we always hear you calling,
clear above the sparrow’s breathing
and our heart’s plaintive longing.

Born in India, Lalita Noronha earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology, and is research scientist, writer, poet and science teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. Her literary work has been widely published (Baltimore Sun, Crab Orchard Review, Catholic Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, “Get Well Wishes” (Harper Collins,) “2001: A Science Poetry Anthology” (Anamnesis Press,) among many others.) She has received the Maryland Literary Arts Award for Short Story twice, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist award in fiction, City Paper, and the National League of American Pen Women. She is a fiction editor for The Baltimore Review and the author of a short story collection, “Where Monsoons Cry” (Black Words Press, 2004) Her website is Lalitaonline.com









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