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Father is the Heaven

(A tribute to my father on Father’s Day)

You did not start your day,
as I clearly remember on this day,
without offering your morning prayer.
Our small temple in the northeast corner of our home
you kept spick and span.

Mother carefully arranged on a plate
your puja material: flowers from our garden,
a coconut from our tree, a lamp,
incense sticks, a few basil leaves, some sweets
and a jar of fresh water from our well.

I tagged behind you,
to confess now I shall not hesitate,
sweets and pieces of coconut to share and taste…

But one thing I recall;
You sat eyes closed
and the deity too in the same posture.
Did you converse with your god, father?
I could not hear your silent dialogue then,
but today I can - it is louder and clear.

Between the deity and you
I see more of god in you –
Your eyes exuded kindness,
your voice was full of affection
and your touch was soft and tender…

The words of wisdom of the ancient seer
ring in my ear:
Pitah Dharmah, pitah swargah,
Pitari param tapah

Father is the way of life,
Father is the Heaven
And in him lies the highest penance.
 

16-Jun-2012

More By  : Dr. Kumarendra Mallick

Views: 1409     Comments: 7

Comments on this Poem

Comment Excellent write. Wonderful tribute to your father. Enjoyed immensely.

Frank Sheehan
10-Nov-2018 20:10 PM

Comment It is nice one,So it is repeatable on coming father's day .Beautiful thoughts ! Beautiful emotions ! A lot of thanks Kumar Mallick Ji."Kabhi-kabhi to aap itana badhiya likhte hen, ki puchho mat." Thank you again Sir.

not
18-May-2013 07:48 AM

Comment drishanblog- dear sir, so sorry, you lost your father at such an early age. We lose a great part of it, or shall I say divinity, when our god returns to the heaven. Thank you for your appreciation. Happy Father's Day to you.

kumarendramallick
17-Jun-2012 11:48 AM

Comment majestic it was sir....i recalled my father's face while reading the linen....he left us when i was 7yrs.

drishanblog
17-Jun-2012 04:32 AM

Comment Thank you, Rupa, the early bird. Happy Father's Day to you, dear friend.

kumarendramallick
16-Jun-2012 20:06 PM

Comment Thank you, Rupa, the early bird. Happy Father's Day to you, dear friend.

kumarendramallick
16-Jun-2012 20:06 PM

Comment "The words of wisdom of the ancient seer
ring in my ear:
Pitah Dharmah, pitah swargah,
Pitari param tapah –
Father is the way of life,
Father is the Heaven
And in him lies the highest penance."

excellent dedication to your Father!! Happy Father's Day KumarJi!! Congratz!!

Rupradha
16-Jun-2012 15:52 PM


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