I Hope You Know… [To Dad On His Birthday]

I hope you know you’re amazing
As a father and a friend
With your great advice and insight
That you generously lend

I hope you know I admire you
And everything you’ve done
Your brain, your work, your talent…
They’re all horribly unsung

I hope you know I’m grateful
For all you’ve given me
From my education, to my beloved books
To my abundant liberty

I hope you know how proud I am
To call you my father
If a perfect Dad is what you seek
You needn’t look farther

Run Daddy, Run!!

I watch my Dad with awe and pride

As the streets of Goa he does glide

He grins away and nonchalantly zooms

The finish line in the far distance looms

He doesn’t seem to sweat or even tire

The whole race will come down to the wire

Each step’s more powerful than the last

The half way mark he has long passed

He’s getting closer, but so are the rest

Come on Daddy, be the best!!

His strides are full of spirit and grace

It looks more like heats than a race

Will he be first?? Will he come third??

All the worms to the early bird

Faster, faster, he closes them down

A hundred metres from the crown!!

Only one more guy standing in his way

“Win, Dad!!” I fervently pray

With a final step, with one last look

Dad and The Dude take the ribbon of its hook

After moments of tension, the results are in

The Dude has beaten Daddy, by an INCH of his chin!!

I can hardly believe it, the tears well up

I watch as The Dude lifts the winner’s cup

But there standing on the podium sleek

Is my father, hardly shy or meek

He congratulates The Dude without a hint of jealousy

And that’s why my Dad’ll always be a champ to me!!

Ode to Daddy

There I was, in my room,

A tiny shrimp of five,

Insisting about the things,

Under my bed that were alive.

Monsters and aliens, they were galore,

But there were even creatures

I’ve never heard of before…

They moved oh so quietly,

When my parents were there,

But when I was all alone,

I’d clutch my charcoal hair.

Just hearing them squeak,

And scramble around,

Was enough to send me darting,

To my parents part of ground.

One day my mother yelled,

Enough was enough!!

Even though it was scary, she said,

I’d have to be real tough.

I’d have to brave it out

And just endure,

The squeaking and the scrambling,

I’d just have to ignore…

I burst into tears

And screamed that the world was unfair,

Daddy put his arms around me,

And told me he was there.

He escorted me to my room,

And he put on the light,

He told me to stay out of my chamber,

While he and the monsters fight,

I obediently agreed,

And wished him best of luck,

He put on a brave face

And looked as strong as HULK!

In three minutes he emerged,

The battle had been won,

There were no aliens left under my bed,

Not even one.

I hugged my dad while,

He tucked me into bed,

I didn’t hear anything that night,

It calmed my sleepy head.

The next morning after a divine rest,

I rushed down the stairs,

I jumped on my dad and yelped,

DADDY IS THE BEST!!