Odes

A Heartfelt Ode to My Parents

I

Oh! Those days I now call to my mind
When I was too young to even speak;
And when both of you were my only find.

Dad, you laboured hard every troubling week;
And mum, you verily made my days,
Both of you always assuaged my fear, only Iโ€™d often shriek!

Dad seldom stayed back home, my mum to me now says.
His grit was nevertheless way too strong,
For heโ€™d be selfless and content, sporting a peaceful face.

When I grew older, mum taught me many a song,
Each supremely devotional and elevatingโ€ฆ
I was told what was wrong was not right but wrong!

Mum, you for me have been a force highly inspiring;
Thereโ€™s none like you, dear papa, your beauty is striking.

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II

Those days I recall when you’d dropped me off at school,
On the way, papa, you’d give me good pieces of advice;
Would ensure I wore clothes that made me look awfully cool.

To both of you I once read a story, asked what was meant by wise;
Dad, you responded with a soothing and lovely smile
While mum announced plainly that it was the opposite of unwise.

We went for long walks, often covering more than a mile,
On weekends weโ€™d picnic in a nearby park;
Iโ€™d often be told how to stay away from whatโ€™s called guile.

The only thing that would upset you both was my scoring a low mark;
But since you were individuals highly heartening,
You knew that your son would one fine day make a really good mark.

Mum, you for me have been a force highly inspiring;
Thereโ€™s none like you, dear papa, your beauty is striking.

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III

‘Stavyah, you are our only hope,’ you, dear mum, once cried;
And that was peradventure a decade ago.
Said you, โ€˜We believe in you, to us you have never lied.โ€™

Dad, you never once got angry or let things in vain go.
You prayed when there were problems, perhaps sighed;
But with might, you moved on, making none in the family feel low.

I remember the day when you both enjoyed an elephant ride;
And that very night you joyously sang a song.
Inhibitions though were something youโ€™d always wanted to hide.

Your determination moves me hitherto, it surely is commendable.
Deeds you’ve done, I must say, have always been uplifting;
And your cogitations will, I hope, forever remain lofty and noble.

Mum, you for me have been a force highly inspiring;
Thereโ€™s none like you, dear papa, your beauty is striking.

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