Friday, May 02, 2008

kindred----Sunday Scribblings

with your glasses in one hand
eyes shut, reclining on your favourite chair
I can still picture you.
only a small sound was needed to wake you up-
maybe you never slept, only did a shut eye.
when I hovered near you
you gave me a much cherished half smile
beckoning with your eyes to go near you.
with three tame sons and a virago for a daughter
I speculate, you had your hands full.
those brothers of mine were buried in books-
this daughter of yours was busy with basketball.
with oversized shirts and baggy trousers
she was a complete misfit.
you let her do pretty much what she wanted
If she had asked for the moon,
you would have got her that,
but for mom, who put her feet down.
such a small woman with so much iron strength
had it been not for her, I would have had cropped hair,
which now cascade down my back almost covering me.
I cringe now for not being the daughter
you both must have wished for-
getting me in the bargain,
who is still confused what she wants in her life.
through thick and thin, you stood by me-
dad, I know know you are still watching over me
to help mom, who has been unable to get rid of me.

I would still be needing you both, and my brothers too-
blood, as they say, always calls out.

29 comments:

Granny Smith said...

A lovely tribute to your father - and to your mother too. Were you really such a tomboy?

Prats said...

Reminded me of myself and my childhood...so similar...

That was such a lovely way to express your emotions. I hope your parents read it too

Mandy de Waal said...

Beautiful. Poignant.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely tribute to your dad

Suma said...

a special father-daugter bond...:)...yes, i'm sure he's smiling and watching over you...

anthonynorth said...

An excellent tribute. And I think they'll be proud.

paisley said...

oh gautami that was lovely... i am sure your father loved you just the way you are,, and wouldn't have changed a thing......

polona said...

oh, this is so beautiful.
a great tribute to parents!

Whitesnake said...

Don't ya ever change girl.

Ya father would be proud of ya and I know ya mother is!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Not only are the sentiments wonderful, this has a rhythm that's really incredible. Lyrical. And such strong images, too.

Truly one of your best, Gautami!

Jane Doe said...

I love this piece. It offers a wonderful glimpse into your life. Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

What a beautiful tribute to your father. I suspect he loved you very much for exactly who you are - baggy shorts, tomboy behavior and all.

Tammy said...

I'm sure your dad was so proud of you and I get the mom thing of feeling never good enough. You are special and they knew it. I loved my tomboy stage.;)

HUGS

Remiman said...

gautami,
So it's a tom-boy you were? Well well well, the truth comes out! ;)
I love my daughter for the person she chose to be and I suspect your Dad felt the same about you. You are who you are today and your family loves you for it.
rel

forgetfulone said...

Beautifully worded.

Lilibeth said...

What a great poem for your parents. I'm sure he loved you as much as he would have loved a tame daughter.

Patois said...

That was pure beauty. I'm sure he knows how important he was.

susiej said...

I loved how you wrote this, so personal, and through your eyes. It was wonderful.

Mary Beth said...

This was a wonderful post. You think you are a disappointment to your parents and then you realize that, as long as you're happy, they are too. I think parents are much more understanding than we give them credit for.

arboleda said...

beautiful piece full of love and emotion for your parents!

steerforth said...

Warm, humorous and genuine.

murat11 said...

This is a beautiful tribute to dad, mom, and YOU. "Virago for a daughter...if she had asked for the moon." I love it.

khambagirl said...

I know the 'tomboy misfit' label well. Lovely poem!

Devil Mood said...

Nothing like a poem to play with your memories and send out a wonderful message to your father. Well done!

nonizamboni said...

Nice tribute to your parents and interesting view of who you are, who you've become.
Thanks for sharing.

Pri said...

wonderfully written girl!
and im very much sure u are not way off the mark to being the perfect daughter :)

because family no matter what, is always proud of us!

cheers!!

Kunjubi said...

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Gauthami>>>You create a tense emotional upsurge in the mind, and around, through your words. this is a rare experience. whatever u write, that feeling is awake. Class! will read more of this. that is a promise. Keep it up.. cheers kunjubi.

Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

What a cool poem.

I had a BUNCH of brothers and a pixie haircut as a kid. Can so relate to these sentiments.

Still won't wear short hair. How funny that we carry old patterns into adulthood. ;-)

Love the tribute to your father (and mother). Very well done.

Blessings,
Linda

SPORTY AT FORTY – COMING OF AGE WITH LIMERICKS, at Nickers and Ink

MissGuided said...

A beautiful tribute Gautami. Your dad would be so proud of you.

Thanks for reading my piece, I know it's taken me a while but I am now making a concerted effort to express myself. You know your comments will always be appreciated. I can learn so much from you!

Sorry about taking so long to read you work, I've had a pretty busy week as Mum is over on holiday and I've been spending as much time as possible with her.

Take care, Shaz