My Dad, The Pied Piper, a poem by SmithaV at Spillwords.com
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My Dad, The Pied Piper

My Dad, The Pied Piper

written by: SmithaV

@SmithaVishwana4

 

Your phone lies dead in my bedside drawer
I plug the charger in
It doesn’t bother me how long it’ll take
to revive- ‘coz I’m not sure
why I’m doing this
what I’m looking for
what I expect to find

I hear a beep – it comes alive
And I wish it were that easy
to bring back to life
anything dead
There’s a notification
It needs a software update
I choose ‘Later’,

It asks for a Whatsapp upgrade
I try,
I can’t- it’s complicated- this tech stuff
But the phone’s as good as new
Or as good as old
it’s breathing
And that’s all that matters

My heart races- beats hard in my chest
Like I’m going to see you- again
Helps me relive our last moments- together
my thumb clicks the receiver icon- ‘Recents’
my finger scrolls down the numbers- unknown ones
And names – mine, and my sister’s
mine and hers again.

And mine, and mine again
And hers, and mine and hers
Green ticks- I see the minutes
I wish we’d spoken longer
Red ticks- I wish we hadn’t missed
I stare hard at the screen
my mind wondering

how we could be the only ones
‘Who else will call,’ you had said
when I asked. ‘Other than you
and your sister?’
I felt sorry, even angry
But you didn’t care
For you always knew

what was important
You didn’t bother
about the small talk – the ‘Hellos and the ‘Hi’s’
You did what you had to –
You made us your priority
Until your last breath
And I know you didn’t care much for words

But I’m going to say it- ‘We love you
and always will.’
Though I know you always knew that
I’d seen it in your eyes
When we danced to your tune
And when your grandkids followed you
Like the rats of Hamelin Town.

SmithaV

SmithaV

After being in banking for 20 years, I had to leave and move countries due to personal reasons. That is when I took up writing again. I had always written but the writing remained in my diaries. In 2016, I shared my writing with the world through my blog - PENNINGS…ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY. My debut book of poetry 'Roads - A Journey with Verses' only just got published on July 5th 2019. I'm enjoying this new chapter in my life with writing forming the crux. I hope to write a novel some day and more poetry.
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