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A Father's Lament
By Hanita Pinto

November 15, 2012


A Father's Lament

I watched him grow, I held his hand

Till he learnt to tread softly on land.

I told him tales of fairies

And watched him delight gleefully.

With his birth, my better half was gone-

But to me, the light of my life still shone.

I sat with him, I wiped his tears

And was his only confidant for years.

In his youth he had many friends

And I saw he would make no amends.

He grew into a fine lad, young and grand

With determination that knew no contraband.

He basked in riches and fame,

I grew old all the same.

Then came a time when he fell in love,

Asked for blessings, both mine and Godís above.

I watched him patiently; I watched him keenly.

Little realising that my life was again so lonely.

I saw him smile with all his heart;

And indeed well he played his part,

As husband and father to a little one-

Yes, with years he was blessed with a son.

All this time I was withering away

Like a dry leaf in continuous sway.

Now they looked at me scornfully

And I knew they felt I was a waste of time and money.

Was there somewhere Iíd gone wrong?

Hadnít I thought Iíd live happy and long?

For the first time I was glad my wife was a world apart

Or this sorrow wouldíve pierced her heart.

I watched his son grow with changing trends.

Now he too had begun having his own friends.

Before I knew, he was changing with days

Or was he too preparing to follow his fatherís ways?

 

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Jay Quadras, Palimar/ DubaiSunday, November 18, 2012
Beautifully written...Keep it coming..
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Fredrick Lobo, Mangalore/ DubaiSaturday, November 17, 2012
Hey Hanita pinto
The content of your write up by it self is a history. You have portrayed so well and indeed it is a reality at forward as well as in the past too. Congratulations, keep writing, it will inspire people of all age.
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Vince Rodriguesw, Thottam/CanadaThursday, November 15, 2012
The Father in Heaven too getting too hurt, when His children part ways from the eternal design!!! Yet, in Faith we believe the Father continue to cherish them and await for their return one day back to His fold.

In our lives, however, our emotions get the better of ud by expecting the son to display loyalty and unceasing love in return for the services received.

It is certainly a blessing to enjoy each other's company while we can and remember the good times when we cannot.

I enjoyed reading your lament in my very human way!!

To err is human and forgive is divine!!
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praveen lobo, mangloreThursday, November 15, 2012
well said - pinto. its touching to heart.
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Dr.HARRY Moraes, DubaiThursday, November 15, 2012
It is a reality of life,every fathers life story. Beautfully written.
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Tina Pereira, Kelarai / MumbaiThursday, November 15, 2012
Hey Hanita,

Beautifully written.Keep writing.
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