Papa, how have you been

Papa, how have you been?

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Four long years have passed by, but sometimes, it’s still hard to believe
All I want to know is, Papa, how have you been?
How’s the world up there and how’s your new family?
All these questions keep swarming in my mind incessantly

I wonder how do you look like now?
Do you shave or have a long beard?
Do you color your hair or look handsome in salt and pepper?
Is fluorescent green still your favorite color?

Time and again, I get those triggers
Your jokes and laughter still make me giggle
The world feels incomplete without you
But, I often feel your presence somewhere in my little twos

I know you are around as a force, a blessing, unseen
Your memories will forever be fresh and pristine
We were, are, and will always be a team
No matter if the rendezvous is now only in dreams

A plethora of things were left unsaid and untold
I wish we sit together once and watch them unfold
You say yours, I say mine
Let’s talk, laugh, cry and stop the time

I’ll tell you how your little girl has now grown up
I’m no longer afraid of injections and syrups

I’ll serve you the delicacies I have now learned to cook
And proudly brief you about my book
Looking at our old pictures and reliving those times gives me immense pleasure
Those video clips and pics are my real treasure

I miss you when the radio plays your favorite song
And I hum it in the same way you used to sing it, wrong
It makes me smile but the tears keep flowing
Tornado of emotions rush in and the guilt keeps growing

Papa, you have taken a part of my heart along
The other part pains here but pretends to be strong
You left us physically but mentally you have been with us all the way
We reminisce our togetherness and celebrate you everyday

Life still stops every time I remember the moment I saw you lying motionless
But I get up, face it, move on, with all the grace
Our banters, fights, pampering, trips, there are eternal memories
I have and will forever keep you alive in my stories

Till we meet again!

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sonia dogra
October 29, 2020 5:50 pm

Oh Vartika…Hugs. I have no words

Ruchi Nasa
October 30, 2020 1:09 pm

So touching ..hugs to you

MeenalSonal Mathur
November 10, 2020 1:07 pm

Vartika, more power to you. This is such an heartfelt poetry, I am sure he is showering his love on you.

Saumya Srivastava
Saumya Srivastava
November 11, 2020 1:58 am

I remember your comment on my father’s retirement post, back in April 2017! I remember how fondly you talked about the connection I have with my father. Now I access that your loss and the wound would have been so fresh at that hour.

Every word here is an emotion right from your heart. You have put it all up so beautifully, Vartika. Uncle is happy and looking out for all of you! Love and Hugs.

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