‘The Elder Sister’
Her father is a labourer from the west.
He digs the earth on the banks of the river,
to arrange the bricks.
The little daughter is going back and forth to the wharf,
she is carrying a lot of dishes to wash,
she prances down the steps several times in the day,
her brass bangle rings ding dong when it touches the brass plate.
She is busy all day.
Her younger brother bald headed,covered with mud,and wearing no clothes,
walks behind her like a pet bird.
He sits on top of the wharf,stays quiet and patient.
The elder sister fills her pitcher and carries it on her head.
With a plate in her left hand, there goes Bala
holding her younger brother with her right hand.
She is her mother’s representative.
Her back bent down with the heavy load ,she is a very young elder sister.