Mother Tree- continued...
by Nuggehalli Pankaja
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Vasant was apprehensive his mother might create a scene; The children had also gathered around, to watch the fun. But Sushilabayi remained strangely silent, gazing-watching……….. Each blow of the axe brought forth a swift onrush of memories, and each crack a sort of rigidity in her form. She felt the tree reaching out to her, begging her help……….” I am also helpless”- She whispered silently-“An unwanted old forming my own house…….”
At last the task was done; With a heavy sigh and rustle of leaves, the huge tree began to totter.
“There was quite a family up there”-Remarked Sushilabai suddenly-“Alas, now they will have no home………”
The birds soared up, as though to bid goodbye-a heavy thud, the mighty tree fell down. Wiping their faces, the men sat down.
The anxious lines on Vasant’s face relaxed. Thank God the giant task was over; He turned towards his mother.
“Time for lunch-come in amma."
There was no reply-he gave a start.
Sushilabayi's body was cold as ice!!