This Father’s day!

My Hero, My friend, My Safety net

There’s no one who loves me more – I bet.

First time I rode my bike,

There you were, watching with pride.

As if I had conquered the Everest,

You rooted for me, you were the best.

 

Remember when I was afraid of dark?

Leave me alone and my throat would parch.

I was your daughter and you loved me alright,

But enough of the delusions? You had to set me right.

So you left me in the jungle — in the middle of the night,

With a rusty old clock and a funny flash light.

 

‘Say hi to the ghost if he stops by.’

‘Trust me you’ll like him, he is a funny guy.’

‘See you in an hour, beta I love you,’

And Off you vanished, without a clue.

No wonder I howled in the 5th gear

Through hell I went — to kill that fear.

 

Off course you didn’t leave, you were standing right by my side,

Only to teach me a lesson, you had to hide.

This I didn’t know at that point of time,

To me, what you had just done was a big fat crime.

Sure no one showed up all that while (not even a mirchi or a half sliced lime)

But the lesson I learnt was worth every dime.

 

Then came that time when my Hero changed

Your efforts to rescue – went all in vain.

Gone were the days of the ghost in the meadow,

Now I was keen to outrun your shadow.

I was this pesky little thing you know,

Who felt ‘She knew it all’ – Her biggest flaw.

 

Anticipating what lay in store,

You stood by my side, but said no more.

Not long after I learnt a lesson again.

This time not so easy and with a lot of pain.

Brokenhearted I came to you

Didn’t have to say a word – you already knew.

Blunder on top of a blunder,

How easily you forgive me? I wonder.

 

So I guess this father’s day,

What I am trying to say,

Is the thing that doesn’t get said enough

When I hit rock bottom and the going gets rough,

It’s your wise words which make me tough.

Dear father, I love you more than I care to confide,

You are my friend, philosopher and my guide.

I wish you health, joy and pride,

May the life ahead be a blissful ride!

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