When she could stay with you

she decided not to

A list of ‘valid’ reasons she gave –

No better place, save

The home for the aged, she said

The one, where you felt caged


She repeated it oft

Her voice tender and soft

You listened

Your eyes glistened

She said it was tough

You knew she had done enough.


She watched you go

Out of the door

You  waved goodbye

You turned around, maybe this is all a lie

A ray of hope flickered in your tired eyes

Breaking through your formidable guise


Maybe she’d ask you to stay

And wouldn’t let you walk away

But she didn’t, not that day

So you waved, ‘Goodbye’

Doing what’s best

For her and the rest


For you’ve never wanted more-

Than to watch her smile like before

And do the things she wanted to

So she does –

Penning poems

On how much she misses you.


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Posted by:Smitha V

A banker by profession, a blogger by choice, a poet by accident, and an artist at heart. Imperfectly perfect - that's me. Welcome to my world!

13 replies on “Daddy’s little girl

  1. An emotional yet heartbreaking reality I guess…..the process ageing and parenting is just foregoing and inspite of the hardships parents face to grow up a child when they are put into homes is real heart pinching….your words weaved it so well.

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  2. This is such a sad poem, Smitha. I could never put my parents into a home. My mom is struggling with an arthritis attack at the moment and it is very concerning. I am thinking of getting her a wheelchair so that we can go shopping together.

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    1. I know Robbie. At times it’s the only suitable option and its sad for both. Life does not always pan out the way one wants it. The beauty is that there is no love lost on both sides. A terrible longing though. I hope your mom gets better. And God gives you the strength to manage. Shopping is the best therapy for women 🙂 and a coffee and cake perhaps.


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