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.






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”.