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A young soldier takes leave of his mother to go to the war front.

Ma, don’t cry for this soldier,
Who is trying to check tears,
As he takes leave of you now
Never to retrace his track.

Ma, I owe myself to you;
You made me what I’m today.
You taught me in protecting
My country, my duty lay.

Ma, it’s time to show you now
Your lessons were not in vain.
Your son seeks your permission
That he may martyrdom gain.

* Written in abcb, 7-7-7-7 format

* Reflects the feelings in the author's heart when he joined army on 5 October, 1965 at the time of national emergency in the wake of Indo- Pak war.

* Initially written as entry no. 365591 in book MISCELLANEA, "MISCELLANEA. Posted as an independent item on 17 December 2007.

M C Gupta
12 August 2005
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