An elegy for my father

The challenge of NaPoWriMo today, Day 24 is to write an elegy – a poem typically written in honour or memory of someone dead. But we’d like to challenge you to write an elegy that has a hopefulness to it.

This is in loving memory of my father who passed away last year in December . I wrote this for him a few months back.

The hopefulness in this poem and the hopefulness in me is still strong. 

 

Where are you now ?

In the whispers of the night

As I glance the sky

I feel you guiding me to the Orion and to the clusters above

They hold a whole new world within , you would say..

You changed lanes and disappeared

Leaving a void never be filled

Faded into an unknown space

You left leaving your fragrance felt

But Where are you now ?

 

You were rare and unique

Not understood by many

Unwavering and resolute

Dewy eyed and loving

Leaving behind your wisdom your light

I pledge to let it shine and spread to many

Wish I had more time to make memories with you

More tales to tell my little ones

More laughter and hugs with you

More sharing of jokes and loves for songs

Wish I could learn some more from you

Or just sit and listen to you

I wish we had more time

But where are you now ?

 

Some say it’s destined

That you had to go

But I say that you had decided to go

You heard your calling and wanted to go back home

Eschewing every bond

You shared your future

And wished for another life and another place

Reminding me that the soul never dies

You were ready to decamp

But where are you now ?

 

I promise and pray that we will meet again soon

Somewhere in this lifetime

I shall touch your hand

And somewhere I shall see you smile

As you spread your radiant light

You will live in me forever Pa

I am sending you a copy of this

Do read and tell me if I wrote alright

I promise to be a learner always

Humble and loving to the core

And to walk as you taught

Wish to walk with you again

But where are you now…..

 

– Preeti Manaktala.

An Ode To My Father

 

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