Bharati Nayak


Father-2 - Poem by Bharati Nayak

Will he walk again?
He asks himself
His voice slurred
Right hand, right leg paralysed
Tears welling up in eyes.

He breaks in to a cry
Whenever
Any dear ones visits him.
We console him
He would surely get well
He will walk as before
Our consoling words
Sound so untrue to our own ears!

I ask father- -
Tell yourself
'I will stand, I will walk'
Move your leg Father,
This way, that way.
He tries, tries and tries
And, no
The leg does not move,
Frustrations roll down his eyes.

We pray all Gods and Goddesses
Make him stand
Make him walk
Make his right hand strong enough,

The hand which had lifted me so many times
From the floor if I fell
And now
He can not lift it
To give me blessings.

I hold it,
Pray to greater Father
To give His Blessings
Give His energy to my father's weak hands,
Give strength to his listless legs
And to light our days!

Topic(s) of this poem: father, life


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written on 12th June 2017 when father was bedridden after a paralytic stroke.I was hesitant to post it as it brings back painful memories.
Now I think that poetry is our record of joy as well as pain.It is a piece of my memory and so I share it as a record of my life.

Comments about Father-2 by Bharati Nayak

  • Ravi Kopra (3/28/2020 11:48:00 PM)

    kya vo chal paaey ga fir kabhi
    poocHta hai vo apnay aap se
    aspast ho chuki hai ab us ki boli
    daayaN haath, daayeeN laat
    ab hain lakway se bhari
    aur aankhaiN hain uski aansoo-oN se bhari
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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran NairParameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (3/18/2020 10:32:00 AM)

    The news of your father's illness and demise is new to me. Face everything with courage and confidence. May God Almighty bless his soul for SHANTI. A touching poem on a beloved father (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/14/2020 6:28:00 AM)

    Typo...please treat it no more. Inadvertently no is missed. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/8/2020 1:06:00 AM)

    It was really matter of grief when your father was bedridden after a paralytic stroke in the year 2017. The inscription you have made in the poem provides a painful sight. I get shock from these lines.....He tries, tries and tries / And, no / The leg does not move, / Frustrations roll down his eyes. From your replied comment on our great poetess Valsa George I came to know that your father is more. May his soul rest in peace. (Report)Reply

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  • Valsa GeorgeValsa George (2/29/2020 12:47:00 AM)

    I too share the same feelings which you have expressed in your poem. Recently my sister had a stroke and she was paralysed. She could not move her right hand or leg initially. Her plight has saddened all of us. Now after rigorous therapies, she is able to walk a little. But can't speak still! We keep praying to God for her improvement. Bharati, how is your father now? Your deep concern for your father is so evident in these lines. I too pray and wish he improves. A touching write! (Report)Reply

    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(2/29/2020 8:01:00 AM)

    Thank you so much Madam for your concern and well wishes.My father passed away on 3rd June 2018 at the age of 89.
    My best wishes and prayers for your sister..

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  • Akhtar JawadAkhtar Jawad (2/25/2020 6:27:00 AM)

    Will power can perform miracles. A lovely poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (2/23/2020 10:52:00 AM)

    hey, bharati! i feel the plea in this poem. it makes me think of an older friend i knew, so vital and supportive of her daughter, who suffered a stroke. it was my first experience with a stroke victim i knew personally. we talked, she and i, and i could feel her frustration with the mouth and the rest of her body which could not obey her still-active mind. -glen (Report)Reply

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  • Budhashaya Behera (2/2/2020 10:05:00 PM)

    I have remembered my father as you have remembered. Receiving grace of a father one daughter can lead and get success. You have understood the right duty. This poem is very emotion. This reflects pain and memory. I pray for peace of your father...10+ (Report)Reply

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  • Unwritten SoulUnwritten Soul (1/29/2020 8:39:00 AM)

    A pain notes in poetry form, a memory to recite...and besides that its a lovely one because it delivered from a heart, from a daughter that cares to a father that always beloved. I know how difficult to see and handle this, i helped to take care my grandma bedridden once before she passed away. But you know, in that time the hand, legs and everything for your father are the same, you. You are everything he needs...and you gave all..thats beautiful isnt? (Report)Reply

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  • Akhtar JawadAkhtar Jawad (1/29/2020 3:45:00 AM)

    Love of a daughter is described in such a touching manner that being a father and a grandfather tears came into my eyes. Yes, poetry can make us smile and it can make us cry, specially when the poetess is Bhrati Nayak. (Report)Reply

    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(1/29/2020 8:40:00 AM)

    Thank you Akhtar Jawadji for your kind appreciation.Poetry is catharsis for me.It is so much satisfying to know that my poems touch great poets like you.

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  • Muhammad Ali (1/27/2020 12:09:00 PM)

    The strong, and proud human being. And nature once again makes us dependent. The fate of us all, a message, a reminder to the proud one.
    Parents are great blessings and mostly selfless.
    Very nice poem
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    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(1/29/2020 8:29:00 AM)

    Thank you Muhammed Ali for your nice comment.Every thing happens by the wishes of Almighty.
    How rich or how strong, all will have to go one day.

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  • Jez BurlJez Burl (1/27/2020 9:23:00 AM)

    This is a masterpiece dear poet Bharati that everyone can relate with. Sir Annirudha is right, it's hard to see our father go...and in our very arms..very heart-breaking! 10++++++ (Report)Reply

    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(1/28/2020 9:58:00 PM)

    Thank you Jez Burl for your appreciation of the poem and sympathetic words.

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (1/27/2020 9:04:00 AM)

    So feelingly writ piece on father.
    It brought my memories back when my father died at 102 years after a brief illness. I was with him in that last month, and last critical week, and still remember he died in my arms. Even at this ripe age when death is a reliever, it is hard to see him go.
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    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(1/28/2020 9:56:00 PM)

    Thank you Aniruddha Pathak ji for your sympathetic response.

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (1/25/2020 10:42:00 PM)

    An endearing piece of poetry! Loved reading this emotions filled poem.....10/10 (Report)Reply

    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(1/28/2020 8:29:00 AM)

    Thank you Dillip for your appreciation.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (1/25/2020 2:27:00 PM)

    This is so sad to know about father's painful situation and feel the situation of tearful eyes. This is so sad to know that his right hand, right leg are paralyzed. Frustrations roll down but still we offer prayer for his recovery before God and we expect positive vibration of peace for him. A sympathetic and emotional poem is excellently penned...10 (Report)Reply

    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(1/26/2020 11:04:00 PM)

    Many thanks Kumarmani Mahakul Sir for your kind and sympthetic response to this poem.I wrote this poem when my father was bed -ridden after a stroke.He could never recover from it and passed away on 3rd June 2018 at the age of 89.

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  • Kostas LagosKostas Lagos (1/25/2020 1:50:00 PM)

    It is a sad and painful situation. Trying to comfort our loved ones when they have a health issue.Excellent poem.... (Report)Reply

    Bharati NayakBharati Nayak(1/26/2020 10:59:00 PM)

    Hi Kostas Lagos! Thank you so much.You are a regular reader of my poems and you never fail to leave a few words of appreciation.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 25, 2020


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