For Once

 

You are assertive and unyielded a friend who patiently listens and never walks away, not once.

 

You are refined and polished one, our source of encouragement, a man of honor and gratitude, all at once.

 

You’re always willing to say “sorry” and “forgive” me a nurturing man and a loving partner all at once.

 

You are our wall of trust and security and we knew you will never betray us, not even once.

 

Spending time with you is fun; you share tricks and shortcuts and make academics enjoyable, for once.

 

Affection could be your surname

you hug, you kiss as a mother does, all for once.

 

You are a pillar of strength, support, and discipline your work is endless oftentimes thankless, but I will thank you Dad, I knew at once.

 

 

 

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My first attempt at Ghazal poetry form was inspired by a recent visit to the Singapore National Museum. My hero has always been my father. Apart from reading and writing, we share the same passion for Arts and Culture and he would have been so delighted to see these exhibits. According to Gay Reiser Cannon at d’Verse, who introduced the components of the ghazal for their challenge, the ghazal’s narrator “is always a hero longing for the unattainable”.

 

39 Comments

  1. “Affection could be your surname
    you hug, you kiss like a mother does…” I love this whole line. It sounds like your dad was a very special and awesome person. 🙂

    On a side note, I LOVE that wine decanter set. So pretty!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Yeah my father is awesome….and yes that wine decanter is really pretty…thank you for dropping by..

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      1. You’re totally welcome! 😀

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  2. Winnie says:

    Beautiful lines, Mich. We’ll always long for our father. I learned another form of poetry.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Winnie…you should try this form

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      1. Winnie says:

        You’re welcome, Mich. I’ll try. 😉

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  3. Monch Weller says:

    Apologies for the sidetrack, but I can’t help but admire the images you posted. 🙂 My younger brother and I will be visiting the Lion City next month and the National Museum is part of our itinerary in the Central (since this is located near Fort Canning and Clarke Quay.)

    With that said, I’d like to ask – is there an admission fee and if so, how much? Thank you! 🙂

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks for dropping by Monch…for foreigner 15 dollar per head and 12 dollar for kids …you will enjoy the museum…they have lots of offerings and exhibits which i am sure you will love..

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      1. Monch Weller says:

        I see. This is duly noted; thank you!

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  4. Such a lovely ghazal of remembrance, Mich.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thanks Punam

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  5. calmkate says:

    a loving tribute to your Father, and you really mastered this form 🙂

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks kate. I was a bit lost from the start but i realized i just needed that one great inspiration.

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      1. calmkate says:

        lol and he is that for you!

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  6. iidorun says:

    I loved how you changed the refrain a bit for each couplet! It really works in its simple sophistication. Oh our fathers! The first man we fall in love with – your admiration and love for him comes through!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, thank you Irma. I am happy you like it..

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  7. Rupali says:

    Beautiful poem Michnavs,
    You are blessed to have an awesome dad.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thanks Rupali..

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  8. You really allow us to get to know your father, the once suggests some form of remembering, loss, and yes of a hero. Our Dad’s for those who are fortunate have been ordinary but real heroes.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much for your kind thoughts..and welcome on board..

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  9. Jules says:

    I think fathers today are so much more hands on than previous generations.
    More than just bread winners… Lucky to have a parent you can connect with.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I believe so too Jules..

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  10. Beautifully done. What a dad! And what a “child” to see the hero in the father.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aww thank you..

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Chuck

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  11. What a touching poem. It would be welcome to every father or Father’s Day and I’m sure will always be special to yours. A personal ghazal! Well done.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Gay..

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  12. I loved this poem – and all the more so at the end, to discover it was about your father.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you…welcome on board..

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  13. syncwithdeep says:

    Oh. Had u been here? I stay in Singapore.. We could have met

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh…your from SG?…the next time i visit i will give you a heads up..

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      1. syncwithdeep says:

        Sure.. We should

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  14. syncwithdeep says:

    This is absolutely beautiful.. Looks like no first timer.. 😍😍

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Deepa…😊😊

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      1. syncwithdeep says:

        My pleasure

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  15. Garfield Hug says:

    I have not visited the museum in a while and have not seen these exhibits. Thanks for sharing

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    1. michnavs says:

      We were actually told then that these are new ones and the museum even had another/new “attraction” which i will write about soon

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