Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant

Fragrant rosemary n thyme
Folding lacy curtain of time
Memories full bodied robust
Pleasure me like heady wine

Doting loving softie father
Vigilant awesome caregiver
Plying with goodies forever
Calming during childhood fever

Tonics, vitamins salves ointments
No bones, body parts or ligaments
Escaped his gimlets in growing years
Stunted growth being his one main fear

Generous hearted bookish dreamer
Teaching mental calisthenics forever
Romancing the word his riding passion
Joy of numbers n word in me he fashioned

Childhood twinkling mementos abound
Perched on shoulders of his tall lithe form
Republic Day lights n parades did astound
His guidance did my personality transform

Alas in childhood as a bundle of energy
Took my loving dad always for granted
A piggybank with mostly unlimited funds
Financing our yearly vacations n then some!!

Wish I had had the foresight to acknowledge
And give him a bear hug n a heartfelt thank you
But as luck would have it, we couldn’t be with him
When a heart attack robbed him without our adieu

Our hearts broke and shattered in many pieces
Realizing how much he mattered to us in reality
Parents are our reservoir of strength n benevolence
Needing many a dose of reciprocal filial love, timely


A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be.

Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.
Russian Proverbs

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare

Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.
English Proverbs

Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.
Niccolo Machiavelli 1469-1527, Italian Author, Statesman

All the learnin’ my father paid for was a bit o’ birch at one end and an alphabet at the other. – George Eliot British, Author

Becoming a father isn’t difficult, but it’s very difficult to be a father.
Wilhelm Busch German, Artist

(pictures are from internet- not mine)

(pictures are from internet- not mine)


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