Wednesday, April 8, 2015

G- Grandparent/Grandchild (in the memory of my late father)


Blogging from A to Z Challenge [April 2015]

She knew him
for six brief years
so I presumed
she would have
only baby memories
toys, candies
stories, mischiefs
but I was surprised
how she knew
so much about
his childhood
his likes and dislikes

the details she recalls
about his 1947 tales
anecdotes of his work life
his friends

his wrinkled hands
combing his white hair
random Punjabi words
he would sometimes use

their last phone chat
the last kiss
 on his forehead
saying the final bye
she tells me
she whispered
"I love you Nana*"

and now she says
she will be him for me
and I know
souls live on
as residue
in other souls
they have loved

a grandparent lives on
in his only grandchild.

*Hindi word for maternal Grandfather

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