The three stanzas depict three different phases

(i) The first stanza refers to the childhood days of the poet's mother when she was twelve years old.
(ii) The second stanza depicts her mother recalling her childhood days while looking at the old photograph of hers when she had become an adult.
(iii) In the last stanza, the poet's adult life is described in which her mother is not with her anymore. She has been dead for almost 12 years.
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The three stanzas depict three different phases of life -the childhood; the youth and old age accompanied with death which brings a final end to life. the childhood days are rapt with innocence; the youth is marked with gaiety and laughter which is the essence of youthful energy.then comes the loneliness created by death.
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