There’d be no rest there’d be no forgetting ! / Poem by Lily Swarn

Poem by Lily Swarn
 
 
There’d be no rest there’d be no forgetting !
 
As I look at my dad now in his eighties
Scornfully brushing aside my hand
he doesn’t need assistance to walk,
he explains as he straightens his aching back
He kept it ram rod straight all these years that
he bent over files and papers and
Fat law books burning the proverbial mid night oil
so that we were well clothed and nourished
 
He fixes his own morning cuppa shuffling into the now chaotic kitchen after mama passed on
He shakes awake the others and prods the grandchild to learn up his home task
Dads are special beings often unsung
Their glory waits to be uncorked in the champagne bottle they perhaps never tasted
His now rheumy eyes glow suddenly lighting up at the sight of the gerbera flowers that his wife loved
 
He insists on bolting doors himself
Pulling his wiry frame to its fullest
Wearing his pants with a belt several sizes larger
Pulled tight over his wispy waist
 
Who can forget his huge contribution to the person I pride myself on
The fluent turn of phrase that he imparted
The interesting colloquial punjabi sayings
The delicate nuance of Urdu syllables ?
He is my hero
The man in whose yard I played hop scotch and skipped rope
 
So till my last breath
There’d be no rest there’d be no forgetting his largesse and benevolence
Despite my innumerable vagrancies
 
Copyright vLily Swarn 17.4.2017
 
 
Lily Swarn
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5 thoughts on “There’d be no rest there’d be no forgetting ! / Poem by Lily Swarn

  1. A good narrative in this poem is eye-arresting , Lily ji. Sincerity of expression along with the precision and economy of words foregrounds the poet’s innermost state of mind.

  2. A good narrative in this poem is eye-arresting , Lily ji. Sincerity of expression along with the precision and economy of words foregrounds the poet’s innermost state of mind.

  3. Just 1 word for this : Salute !
    To your Dad , My beloved late Dad whom I will miss till last breath and to all Dads
    Cos they are unsung heroes in real , Most times !

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