Graham's Mother

Graham's Mother

A Poem by Pratik

A mother's greatest sin


“I'm not mad. I'm just...well, differently moraled, that's all.”  - Jasper Fforde (The Eyre Affair)

But that’s dainty!

Neat and square-

Perfect for my little Graham.

Snuggle up, sonny!


Mud pulps


Shoveled vines of periwinkle,

All tawny and soaked

In nocturnal drizzles.

Must I say!

They found it easy to dig!


A cortege

Of umbrellas


Charcoal blazers.

Silken scarves,

Nods- brusque and terse

Tom-tom in

The Nordic winds.


You hug me too tight, Irma!

(Big, fat bubblegum tears)


Look darling!

What I brought you!

Lucas Jr. - the Golliwog

Sorry, his nose fell off

But he had a fight

With Nyra -

Martha’s Tinkerbelle fairy

Here - the Mandrake comics

All thirty-three of them!

And yes!

These gladioli-

Aunt Yvonne sent them.


“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”


Tut! Tut!

Father Prescott is too loud!



Pull down that birdcage veil!

No peek-a-boo!

These opera gloves- A complete giveaway!

Translucent satin strands

Playing spoil-sport


The amethyst stains

Of the Belladonna potion

That you spiked

 In his cranberry juice.

Wriggle your fingers!

Cover up!


(Last kisses and goodbye)


It’s all right honey!

The cherubs

On the headstone

Will sing you lullabies.

And I’ll send Martha along.




So long sweetheart!


So long!













© 2012 Pratik

Author's Note

This is a dark, evil write I came up with. ( I honestly don't know what made me write this. I'm a fairly happy person). It's about a mother who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) or Split personality (though I am not sure about the categorization). She simultaneously goes though different conversations in her head ( the reason I have used different fonts to indicate the different entities she converses to) which eventually reveals the heinous crime she commits being a mother.
Your views will be appreciated :)

I am adding an explanation of certain symbolism, imagery and verses I have used in this poem. ( I didn't originally intend to, but I'm doing so in case you found this difficult to interpret)

"THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT" : This is a verse from the bible. This means that you are content with what the Lord has given you. This verse is often recited at funerals and cremation.

BELLADONNA POTION: Belladonna is a plant which has both medicinal and poisonous properties. It has purple or amethyst colored flowers. The foliage and the berries of the plant are extremely poisonous and can be used to make deadly poisons.

CHERUBS: They are sort of baby or toddler angels. You often find their engravings on children graves.

GOLLIWOG: ( I'm including this explanation after some feedback from my readers) A golliwog was a black character you would find in children's books by English authors. It was also commercially produced as dolls. It had had run into some racism issues. However I use it in my poem simply as a connotation for a toy. There's nothing more to it.

I have included these explanations for a better understanding of this piece (in case you didn't know what they meant). These are some of the key elements that weave the plot of this piece and finally makes the story evolve. I'm not revealing the plot.. but all I can say is that if this would have been written as a story, it would be a murder-mystery. Hope this helps.. Enjoy the read and please let me know if you liked it.. :)

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It's rather creepy. I feel like I can hear a tinkling chime of a music box playing, if you know what I mean...
I did find this a bit hard to understand, though I got the references that were explained in the Author's Note... it was, I don't know the disjointedness... maybe that is what left me a bit mystified. There was nothing specific that confused me...
But I don't think that'll bother you, as it adds to the creepy quality and I believe that you acomplished what you set out to do.

Posted 8 Years Ago

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8 Years Ago

Thank you for the review.... Yes I wanted it to be a bit under the wraps...
I don't believe I'.. read more

8 Years Ago

Nah, I got it... sort of. I am not very good at explaining where I was confused. This happens to me .. read more


Unsettling and consuming, really really enjoyed this love, good to grab time and read you once more...your talent remains superb xx

Posted 8 Years Ago

Poe would be intoxicated by this look behind the veil
I don't know how long this could go on before the reader grew weary
I like what you did
do it some more

Posted 8 Years Ago

A very distinguished write. It digs deep into a dark personality and allows us to feel a part of the process thinking of a distraught personality. Great work. Love the structure..

Posted 8 Years Ago

A good poet, keeps things very mysterious, as you Aaran. You're brilliant in explaining the DID here.. oh my I felt each line. This has a intriguing old glory, with an evil wink, I floated in your lines. (not many can bring me too) it is brilliant how you can cameleon into the minds of your personages... Well done my sweet friend, another great write!


Posted 8 Years Ago

I liked your choice of words that presented a creepy, antique-soul theme. The poem read like a nineteen fourties lullabye. I liked, but I didn't get the Dissasociative Identity Disorder theme until you pointed it out. I understand that you probably don't want to just give it away outright, but I'd include a bit more that steers the reader in that direction. Maybe some revealing dialogue between the multiple "dissasociations, or personalities". I liked the poem regardless of its meaning, it had a haunting tone. On another note, Belladonna, what an interesting Toxin....women would use it, a drop in each eye, to dialate the pupils, because that was said to be more beautiful in a girl. I feel the same way watching a woman with her pupils dialated from the drug Ecstasy, an interesting parallel in the History of Toxins.

Posted 8 Years Ago

Madness has its own 'reason' and truth to be examined. The first pic was well chosen for its disturbing look...

Posted 8 Years Ago

Thank you for the author's note- I'm pretty sure we all benefit from a little bit of explanation so we can truly appreciate what AMAZING talent you have!
I was not disappointed by this piece in the least. I love the darkness and I love your interpretation and story line in this well-crafted poem. Thank you for blowing my mind. You have become quite the poet :)

Posted 8 Years Ago

Most interesting... very creative indeed... and yes, it could be a page from a murder mystery... but there's no mystery... for the clue for the "who done it" is on the hands... unless that's a red herring! Thank you for an excellent read.

Posted 8 Years Ago

I saw this as Munchausens by proxy

Posted 8 Years Ago

Unique. And dark, yes. But still, a lovely poem all the same. Honestly, I feel it to be well structured. The author's note did help me out allot however XD. Still, I can't help but love this poem. Great work

Posted 8 Years Ago

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Added on October 11, 2012
Last Updated on October 18, 2012
Tags: Graham, mother, murder, mystery, poison, Belladonna, cherubs, tombstone, graveyard, funeral, Split Personality, multiple identities, self-conversations, Dissociative Identity Disorder



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Hello! I am Pratik Mukherjee from Calcutta, India - the city of Mother Teresa and the famous poet Tagore. My pen name is Aaran, a variant of the word 'Aran' and derived from the Aran Islands, a gro.. more..


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