Odes

An Ode to My Aunt on Her Birthday

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Oh, my dearest aunt strong and maternal!
How have you been faring since we met last?
You know your name I name each day in my journal?

‘Don’t dwell,’ you have told me ‘on the past’;
And don’t brood over your mistakes, you say.
You are a very admirable enthusiast!

When I was in pain, you asked me to pray;
Mellifluously sang a soulful song;
Only after consoling me, you hit the hay.

Many feelings in my mind right now throng;
Feelings of love, contentedness, and cheer.
Assuring you that I’ll never ever do wrong.

Today is your birthday, so my wish is clear:
Rejoice, relax, ramble, and say no to fear!

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II

Sobana is what some address you as;
Your dear and near ones though call you Shobi.
For you a lot of good things in store this life has.

Despite being my aunt, you mothered me.
Your kindness is what I badly admire;
And that is why with you I seldom disagree.

Like the way light’s generated by fire,
Your smile radiates much joy, I have known.
Fights you fight with might, never were you a crier.

With me you speak at times over the phone,
Give suggestions, and them I nicely hear;
Am your son, so don’t worry, what is mine you own.

Today is your birthday, so my wish is clear:
Rejoice, relax, ramble, and say no to fear!

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Sobana Bashyam

III

Trials and tribulations came to you;
Nonetheless, what you sported was a smile;
That your glory can’t be put to words is so true.

Your stories of courage might I compile?
For they need to be brought forth to the world.
Your presence on this planet is more than worthwhile.

That naysayers will be there needn’t be hurled;
For you know that much better than I do;
Your sacrifices surely ought to be unfurled.

God will protect you, your lovely girl too;
So, stay blessed and stay sound year after year.
With you dwell my thoughts lovely, I now bid adieu.

Today is your birthday, so my wish is clear:
Rejoice, relax, ramble, and say no to fear!

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