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The Failure

I never thought the distance would come between us,
The technologies of modern communications have failed us,
I have failed,
Failed to be there for you when you need me the most.

It was you who showed me the first sight of the sea,
Where I stood mesmerized,
By the sound of the waves,
You taught me to travel and explore.

It was you who dropped me on my first day of college,
Where I stood inspired,
By the power of the institution,
You taught me that education will give me the wings, wings to fly anywhere I want to.

You have your temper,
And I my stubbornness,
And we have walked through many differences with tears and silence,
And yet you stood by me, making me make my choices.

And today, you are old and frail,
Memory teasing you ruthlessly,
And I should be there, right next to you,
But I have failed you, Baba.

~The End~

An Experimental attempt to put thoughts in writing by Monica Ingudam.

Comments (4)

  1. Anonymous
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    Love it and very emotional too. If you go by physical things then there will be many more failures.

  2. Anonymous
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    This is a well penned confrontation with guilt. Many of us have felt “ungrateful” when we could not handle our aging parent’s infirmity. They gave so much of themselves. . .and we could not be there for them, when they (finally) needed us. I will not console you (there is no consolation) – but I will offer my empathy. It’s a cruel trick life plays on us. . .

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