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Forward-thinking mother encouraged dreams

Those of you who’ve hung in there, reading this column now for four years(!), know me for what I am: a perpetrator of poems intended to be – for the most part – lighter fare (with even a smile or two along the way).

This time, I offer a change in response to current news. Today’s spotlight on immigration prompts me to share with you a poem written at the behest of a woman born in India, now living in the United States, who is married to an American. She wanted me to honor her mother, who had allowed her daughter to break the rules and choose her own spouse.

She described “Mummy” to me, especially her childhood dreams and her tolerance as an adult. I think I got the picture, and I hope you agree. You also may share my view that Silicon Valley, with its richness in residents from other lands, is a nice place to visit but an even nicer place to live.

Radha’s Lamp

Playing dress up set the stage

Then came youthful reverie

Lifting her imaginings

Forming Mummy’s legacy.

Memories of make-believe

Glowing red hot through the


Forged a new reality

For her precious nears and


When the ways of olden days

Roused that curse of custom,


Mummy’s miracle came through

With that dare of dreaming,


She pretends now not to be

Tradition’s Mata Hari

And tries so not to look like

A saint wrapped in a sari.

Bob Simon is a Los Altos resident. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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