Monday, December 3, 2007

A Promise

As you held me in your hands for the first time,
Did you promise to treasure me all my life?
As you rocked me to sleep the first months,
Did you promise to protect me from all evils?
As you dropped me off at school on the very first day,
Did you promise to think of me every minute we were apart?
As you drove away the monsters every night,
Did you promise to do the same in real life?

As you helped me with my lessons,
Did you promise to make me very successful?
As you dealt with my terrible teen years,
Did you promise to walk beside me and be my friend?
As I confronted those endless exams,
Did you promise to sit by me and cheer me through?
As I landed my first job,
Did you promise to rejoice my every success?
As I embarked on the journey of wedded life,
Did you promise to be there for me at every bend.
As I journeyed through life,
Did you promise to share your experience?
As you turn grey and begin to bend with age.
I promise to hold your hand and be there forever!
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Answering a prompt from Writers Island - The Promise
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24 comments:

Nomadic Couple said...

Good work... Did you send it to 'appa'

Whitesnake said...

Amazing and makes one think!

rwellsrwells said...

Ah, Preethi, that was really very nice. You should have it printed and framed, and hang it in the nursery.

Rambler said...

nice post..
As I confronted those endless exams,
Did you promise to sit by me and cheer me through?

I feel this promise is so important. it there is no fun in passing exams if you dont have anybody to enjoy the success with

gautami tripathy said...

YOu say it so well.

Wish all childrn would make that promise and follow it through. However, how many of us do it? Saying and doing are different matter entirely.

Sigh!

Sorry for ranting here.

promise of a movie

d sinclair said...

nicely put on the page... a promise means a lot to a child doesn't it?

keith hillman said...

A lovely piece with a touching ending. Well done

paisley said...

if this is a reflection of the relationship you have had with your parents,, i am envious ... what simplicity and beauty can be found in just doing the next right thing....

Thinking aloud said...

see, the last line was what i so wanted to tell...good job, preethi...

Sumana said...

Wow preethi, I am all praise for you. Wonderfully written thoughts.

Jo said...

What a lovely heart you have!

pepektheassassin said...

You know what, the more I blog, the more I realize that the strongest bonds between people are their similarities of those things that matter most: children, love, humor, grief, joy...why can't everyone in the world see this--religion, ethnic origin, politics--should be of little consequence. This post brought that to my mind....well done!

Mary Timme said...

Ahhhhhhhh! She sighed.

tumblewords said...

Beautiful! A great promise...

Marja said...

Very beautiful. Promisses should be made to ourselves to follow up on these important things in life. Thanks

Lucy said...

oh how those last 2 lines got to me!
VEry Moving piece! It brought to mind a childrens book I used to read to my boys... I love you forever. Also a tear jerker! wonderful promises.

Preethi said...

All,
Thank you for your wonderful comments.
Paisley, yes this is a reflection of my childhood.. I had a wonderful and really priviledged childhood.. and I am sooo thankful for it!

venkat mama said...

You have done a lot of good by speaking your mind in te poem and I am sure many will emulate you after reading this poem. I shall fulfill the wish of the 'nomadic couple' and do the needful -showing it to appa (thatha) as also to Jana

UL said...

Oh lovely, you say it superb. Loved it. Thank you.

piyu said...

Its lovely!

Rob Kistner said...

Wonderfully poignant... hank you for sharing this piece! ;)

hope said...

Beautiful *smiles*

Gomathi Sarma said...

Beautifully written. Every son/ daughter should read this, realize it and be there for their parents.

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