Papa Tell Me Are You Happy Somewhere?

you taught me to be brave
in the most unconventional way ever
not by fairy tales bedtime stories
nor by Aesop’s fables after lunch
i remember you saying
“be brave my little princess”
i wasn’t really sure what you meant then
then you told me the story of robber
who travels by sea, swashbuckling and daring
they were often evil and brutish
i begun to hide underneath my pillow as
i anticipated you to unravel the next
scariest, mind-blowing, out of this world bloody fight scene, but to my surprise,
“fear not my little one”
then you continue to tell
most of them were ordinary people
who had been forced to rob to make ends meet
you see, the world is not an easy place to live
some are lucky, some are not
then you ended by saying
” be brave like a pirate, just forget the part to which he robs to eat; it is never accepted”
then we would laugh and laugh until
tears fall down,
“be brave my little princess like a pirate
in the sea at night, be brave…”
ahhh,Β  that was long time ago
how long has it been? so long i believe
Papa, if you can hear me, let me tell you this
i grew up to be brave like a pirate
braver even in the presence of fear
so Papa tell me are you happy somewhere?
your little princess has turned out to be
the bravest, most compassionate queen
you’ve always wanted her to be

Papa tell me are you happy somewhere?

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38 Comments

  1. Sadje says:

    A wonderful and moving poem Mich. love how you’ve included the beautiful memories of your childhood and your father in it. Thanks for joining in

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you too Sadje…i love the photo prompt…brings back memories

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! Sweet memories

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  2. Chris Hall says:

    Brave like a pirate in the best of ways… a wonderful legacy from your Papa. I’m sure he’s very proud of you, Mich, from wherever he’s looking down on you. πŸ™‚

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Chris….😊😊😊

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  3. Brave like a pirate and forget about the part where they rob! That’s a beautiful message, Mich. You weaved your childhood memories so beautifully with this prompt. Beautifully written ❀️

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Shweta….i am so delighted you love this piece .😊

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  4. This is so beautiful!Every little girl needs a father who teaches here to be brave and, in doing so, teaches her that she is loved and valued. It is the knowledge of being special that helps her remain brave, even when he takes his last journey.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I agree…thank you so much..😊😊😊

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  5. A wonderful tribute to your father, Mich. Lovely and awesome.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Kamal😊😊

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      1. Welcome dear Mich β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  6. This is such a beautiful and unique take on the prompt Mich ❀️

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Radhika😊😊😊

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  7. mrswrangler says:

    If only we both could talk to our dads one more time.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I would love to..πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

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  8. Aww, that’s so sweet, a little sad, and a lot lovely. Really well done, Michelle.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Mason..😊😊

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      1. You’re welcome!

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  9. Beautiful tribute, Mich!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Punam😊

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      1. My pleasure, dear.

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  10. Beautiful, SweetMich! He lives on in you! He IS happy and he is so very proud of you! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ❀

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Carolyn😊

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  11. This is beautiful truly πŸ’›πŸ’›

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you much PragalbhaπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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      1. πŸ’›πŸŒΉ

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  12. Jules says:

    It is a challenge sometimes to see our parents as they really were – and to wonder if we turned out as they hoped.
    Remember the good – That’s best.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I agree Jules . .always remember the good…thank you so much😊😊

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  13. judeitakali says:

    So touching πŸ™πŸΎ

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Jude

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      1. judeitakali says:

        πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  14. calmkate says:

    another loving tribute … he is awesomely proud and happy, how can you not know that πŸ™‚

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    1. michnavs says:

      Awww thank you Kate so muchπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  15. rajkkhoja says:

    Hi
    Nice poem post. So as so good words written you.I like. Heart touching.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much😊

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