Raihana Abdul Jabbar
Dear Dad... - Poem by Raihana Abdul Jabbar
If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have opened my eyes into this world.
I was a tiny tot and you held me close to your ever loving chest.
You sat me on your shoulder and I felt I was the Princess of Arabia.
When I ask you stupid doubts, like how to know when fishes cry, you answered my fantasies with an amused smile.
You squeezed my hand and gave an understanding nod when I threw my teenage temper tantrum.
Your determined face, your strong voice and your big heart were a constant source of comfort to me.
You taught me through your actions, how to trust, be subtle and sublime.
I inherited your gentle brown eyes, as well as your amazing reasoning power and sensitivity.
I learned from you to fight viciously for my faith and family.
I searched through your library and found golden books, treasure of knowledge.
You made me ready for the roller coaster ride of life's infinite surprises.
You never intended bad for me and I never wanted to hurt you.
Our relation is a carefully sewn precious silk and I cross my heart that I'll cherish it, keep it sacred.
I know that when I choose my soul mate, I shall look into him the very essence of what you are, my dear Dad.
These words wouldn't encompass the emotions embossed in the depth of my heart and soul, like the gripping roots of a thousand year old oak tree.
I say, being your daughter is the greatest blessing I received from God.
I love you Dad.
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