Saturday, December 26, 2020

To Father: A Poem

To Father

Sometimes you should pick up poetry
And read them aloud
Feel the sound of words
Search for their varied meanings
In dictionaries and thesauruses
Before hitting at the exact meaning
Suitable to yourself
To your inner being
To your purposes—
Thus would say father
Who would often be seen
Reading aloud
Poets he loved most
Keats or Kabir
But always kept aside his book
With a smile
When I as a child
rushed into his readings
And occupied his lap
As if he had found the meaning
That he was searching for
In poetry and in words and
in dictionaries!
—Kumar Vikram
Pic 1: Photo taken in 1978 at Madhepura at a family marriage (of Moti Bhaiya’s)
Pic 2: A detail from the above showing father and 11 year old Bhaiya in his lap (both gone for ever)
Photo courtesy:
Nilam Sinha
Bhabhi’s marriage!




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To Father: A Poem

To Father Sometimes you should pick up poetry And read them aloud Feel the sound of words Search for their varied meanings In dictionaries a...