National Poem Writing Month 2021: Poem-ii: Daughter

Inspired by …about your own road not taken – about a choice of yours that has “made all the difference,” and what might have happened had you made a different choice.

The dawn was breaking; the driver honking outside.

The strip carries the message of arrival.

I knew I had to be there as I had to be in the car.

The decision was yet to made; that moment was of choice.

The choice of accept or not, either or, neither nor. Red or Blue.

Evening breeze smelt of city-spring and the room still scented by

flowers and furniture, not a month old, as my wife asked

Of the decision mixed with choice. Future unfurling slowly.

Present whirlpooled in the river of the time. Now become then

As I fight to be acceptance of the wish I hold deep into bosom.

Morning breeze little chilly as she smiled in the early morn sun

And her mother picked out a gray hair of mine–shining silver one

I traversed down the path, I knew, I had to take sooner or later.

I smiled at my daughter and whispered–one day you’ll know

I had the choice rejecting you but I accept you because

Life is always taking the path that time gifts you.

And the greyish space between not or no-not is the place

Where you could have turned to a reflection

you won’t want to see.


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