Dear Dad… {Free Verse}

It’s not that I don’t realize your love, it’s just that sometimes, I get so heated with something that happens between us, that it just blurs. I know you know that too, after all, you have that same fiery temper that I’ve possibly inherited. My respect now to you, and an expression of love as you celebrate an important day today. Thanks, for just being the best dad you can be.

For One Single Impression, where the prompt at their 178th week is Need, and also for The Sunday Whirl, the words given there have been underlined.

Today, I look back
Way past the curtains
I have scattered
To blur my yesterdays
Let the time whir
And cast its magic

I see my younger self
Scan amidst crowds
That kept your eyes
Invisible to my own
Unblinking; I’d forgot
Their marvel till now

I see my younger self
Handle many twists
Destiny had for me
It was your wisdom
That rendered paths
Easy for my progress

As I travel back now
I realize the respect
You have given me
Not reprehensible
For any of my downs
You’re the reason
I flew in the clouds

I’ve never felt a need
To gild your love more
Or thank for being you
Words cannot express
All my love for you
Happy birthday dad

© Leo 24/July/2011

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

50 thoughts on “Dear Dad… {Free Verse}”

  1. a very touching and sensitive poem. what a lovely way to say ‘happy birthday’!! your father must be so happy to have a son like you 🙂

    PS: birthday cake chahiye 😛

    • Umm, not possible for cake, Kirti 😎 He’s having sugar problems. He won’t give. 🙂 But I’ll pass on the wishes!

    • Thanks, and I am quite lucky. He is a mixed emotions sort of daddy, but still, he is my dear daddy after all 😀 Glad you liked it, Rameshji.

  2. I guess our parents don’t get given a handbook on how to be a good parent. They make mistakes a long the way, too and learn from them I suppose.
    Lovely prose Leo and good use of the wordle words, too.

    • No they don’t, but it is good that they don’t, coz the mistakes and the corrects that they do, when joined make one beautiful album of memories in our mind, Daydreamer 🙂 Glad you liked the usage of the wordle. Cheers!

  3. Heartfelt writing!

    For any of my downs
    You’re the reason
    I flew in the clouds

    Truly touching,Loving,Affectionate Birthday Gift.

    • Well, 24 is quite old I guess, eh Lynna? 😆 But we’re never too old for memories I guess. Glad you felt the quality of the voice and the poem. Thank you so much. 🙂

    • I hope he is too, Harshadji. We maybe two adamant, short tempered Leos, but we do have a great relationship, even with the slight misunderstandings 🙂

  4. Dads are something else aren’t they? My dad is a genius…but when it comes to his daughter he gets overboard on paranoia sometimes 😛 He will be so rational and calm with his students but if something happens to me (even if it is honestly nothing) he just goes oh-my-god-tensed! 😛 It is really cute and sweet and amusing and very very irritating =))

    Many many happy wishes to your Dad. I can only imagine how proud he must be to have a talented son like you 🙂

  5. A lovely tribute to your dad, and nice use of the wordle. 🙂

    I really liked . . .

    “Today, I look back
    Way past the curtains
    I have scattered
    To blur my yesterdays”

  6. Beautiful tribute to your dad! I love the entire first stanza:
    “Today, I look back
    Way past the curtains
    I have scattered
    To blur my yesterdays
    Let the time whir
    And cast its magic”

    • Ah, but I did read a dedication to your dad at your blog, Saru. It was very beautiful too 🙂 Thanks and glad you loved mine.

  7. Great use of the wordle and a terrific tribute to your dad. It’s important for us and our parents that we acknowledge their efforts in rearing us and that well tell them we know they did the best they could. Well done. 🙂

  8. Leo, this dad loves your poem. That third stanza is my favorite. I love the way you use “rendered” there; you give it a tenderness that is often not associated with that word.


  9. Happy Birthday to Your Dad.

    he must feel proud to have such a talented son,
    everyone has a temper, you are at your best among friends.
    keep it up.

    fabulous tribe.

  10. A fitting tribute to the one person who could influence you the most before adulthood.There were ups and downs, idiosyncrasies inherited but still given the utmost respects. Brilliant!

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