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 I’d often shriek!

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

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

Mum, you for me have been a force highly inspiring;
There’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 we’d picnic in a nearby park;
I’d often be told how to stay away from what’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;
There’s none like you, dear papa, your beauty is striking.

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III

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

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 you’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;
There’s none like you, dear papa, your beauty is striking.

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