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The First Cry
By Annie Dimple Castelino
Annie Dimple Castelino hails from Kulshekar, Mangalore, and is a teacher by profession. She is currently employed in Government High School, K R Pet Taluk, Mandya. Her interests include using innovative techniques in teaching, writing articles and poems, and compering.

September 14, 2012

The First Cry

I lay on the hospital bed staring at the ceiling

With an unknown anxiety and an eager feeling

The twinge of pain swirling in my abdomen

Freezing my intelligence and also my acumen


I closed my eyes and went into the reverie

Of those nine months I had passed so carefully

Conscientiously I browsed each moment

For that priceless joy, throughout it had lent


The day when I came to know that I was carrying

The first gift that God had blessed us after marrying

My ecstasy knew neither bounds nor limits

It was an exaltation that life permits


For my husband, it was his ardour put to test

An exhibition of love combined with affection at its best

From care taking to the household chores

He was always ready and on his toes


The care that poured in from the family and friends

Made me feel that my happiness had no ends

But the advises I got at every step

Were useful at times but hard to take up


As the days went by and the time was coming

The little kicks and moves filled my tummy

My little angel was waiting to look outside

And his mother waiting for that one big stride


I came out from the trance when the doctor shook my arm

I realized that finally the time had come

The doctor declared that I had to undergo the Caeserian Section

And ordered the staff to get into action


I was taken to the operation theatre dressed in green

As of hygiene and safety they were keen

I lay there with no specific emotions

For the doctors had got their work in motion


And for a moment the world stopped for me

Nothing more soothing and sweeter could be

That euphonious and alleviating sound

Which ignited sentiments so profound


Nothing more dulcet I had heard before

Like the sound of the FIRST CRY that touched my core

My eyes welled up with tears of joy

As the doctors announced that I had a baby boy


I silently thanked God for this gift so valuable

Of my baby who was so adorable

But what lingered in my soul was that palliative wail

The eternal sound of that ‘First Cry’



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Mohammed Ashraf, MangaloreanThursday, October 24, 2013
Very well written Annie! Well touching one.
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Abdul Sattar, Kudroli, MangaloreThursday, September 27, 2012
Dear Annie, May you be blessed with healthy twins next time. The baby looks very cute.God Bless you all.

A baby is Gods gift to mankind.
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Annie Dimple Castelino, MangaloreTuesday, September 25, 2012
Dear friends, thank you once again for your appreciation..........It means a lot to me......... @Jane, Yes Jane I do remember you.........@ Robin, Very true Robin, One who has tasted parenthood knows what it is like....Words fall short to express this experience
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Reshma Pinto, Mangalore / DohaSunday, September 23, 2012
Congratulations Annie on the baby!
God Bless your little one.
Very sweet poem. Keep writing....
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ROBIN DSOUZA., NAKRE KARKALA.Saturday, September 22, 2012
tears started from my eyes. my wife asked me why these tear's for? i said these tear's of joy when we had a baby at that time i cried because i couldn't control.wonderful dear this is what the mother or father feel's when they blessed by the gift of a child.you can't express your happiness by words. congrat's ANNIE.
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Jane, MangaloreThursday, September 20, 2012

Nice one and well written. Proud of you.

Hope you remember me:)
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PRiya, Mangalore/LondonThursday, September 20, 2012
Love it.Well written, you have captured the feelings of every mother who relishes the memory of the first cry of our precious baby.
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Smitha Dcosta, Neermarga Monday, September 17, 2012
Hello, Annie
Very nice The First Cry article, Keep writting.... God Bless U...
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Paul, DubaiSunday, September 16, 2012
Awsome!!!God bless your family
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E F George, MangaloreSunday, September 16, 2012
Nice poem, emotional. Very well narrated. Thank you and keep writing
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Varun, mangaloreSunday, September 16, 2012
Fantastic, Mam! It made my day.
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Clitus Dsouza, BantwalSaturday, September 15, 2012
Nice one Annie.All the best
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Annie Dimple Castelinp, MangaloreSaturday, September 15, 2012
Dear all , thank you for your encouraging comments and wishes.......... It is really motivating
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Norbert Sequeira, MumbaiSaturday, September 15, 2012
When I read your poem, I cud see

The Graceful Lord natured me

Why my God, mortal man complain?

When my Lord showers Love more than rain.

Annie & family blessed you are.

My God, My Lord never let me go sour.
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Abdulla Amin, Udupi / DubaiSaturday, September 15, 2012
First cry of the baby and we all laugh in joy. Lively thoughts and great expression Ma'am.
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stanley noronha, mangaloreSaturday, September 15, 2012
Very good poem meaningful and beautifully worded. God Bless you. Keep on writing. All the best.
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R.Bhandarkar., MSaturday, September 15, 2012
Motherhood is revolutionary. If everybody at any stage goes through this poem will definitely feel what his/her responsibilities
are in future. Will help in creating a more meaningful society with that much more innocence. The birth of 'hatred'
can be nipped in the bud going through and reading in between the lines of this delicate, sensitive poem!Thank you-Annie Dimpie- my mother must have felt the same way while giving birth to me! God bless her, you and everybody.
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Cynthia , MangaloreSaturday, September 15, 2012
Wonderfully written. congratulations both of you.God bless you the family.
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shallet D'silva (nee menezes), Mangalore/ RiyadhSaturday, September 15, 2012
So well written and so touching. Proud of you dear
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Ibrahim, Ira parladka/QatarSaturday, September 15, 2012
The feeling of husband and wife as they are equel partnership in a family,and what husband feel while wife become pregnant ,and some activities of baby in the womb, very nice expression through poem, keep writing,.
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Helen Nazareth, Ferar/Mumbai/PanamaFriday, September 14, 2012
Congratulations.Very clearly described the first cry by way of poetry. Really the Mother only can understand the joy of the First Cry with family and friends. Keep writing. God Bless you.
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ad, mangloorFriday, September 14, 2012
great work Annie.
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Rai, Dubai/MangaloreFriday, September 14, 2012
Very true!!!!!!Nice poem.Congrats
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lyuba, Kateel,MangaloreFriday, September 14, 2012
Congrats Annie... very well versed , could feel your joy.
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Jevin dsouza, Kirem/UAEFriday, September 14, 2012
Hi Anny mam,
congratulations.Nice to see you N ur baby boy. Nice article.I can imagine ur joy.God bless your family.
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Anil, Al ainFriday, September 14, 2012
hi Annie.......nicely written,Keep Writing
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Philomena Pereira, Katipalla/DubaiFriday, September 14, 2012
Hai Dimpi...
Very nice article. God bless you.

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Nishaine Pinto, Mangalore / Al ainFriday, September 14, 2012
Very nicely written Annie...God Bless you, Rony and Baba Ronan..
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Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / BahrainFriday, September 14, 2012

Ten fingers, Ten toes
So small and brand new
Amazingly angelic
He's one special Baby
The best of life's treasure.
He cries and we all laugh.

Your lovely poem has made many of us feel nostalgic.

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Vinod Rodrigues, Mangalore / DubaiFriday, September 14, 2012
Good One, Keep Writing
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Fr.Stany pinto, KarwarFriday, September 14, 2012
Hi Annie..... Nice to c u and ur litle world. I can imagine ur joy as u held ur babe in ur hands. Children are the star dust blown away from the hand of God. Blessed is the mother who has undergone the birth pangs , for she has held a star in her hand ! Congratulations and God Bles u
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Irene Nazareth, kinnigoli/mazagaonFriday, September 14, 2012
Very well depicted. God Bless you.
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