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Five Words

May 26, 2014 | By

A beautiful poem for daughter by her father that reminiscences his joyful journey with her through life.

When she first said "Papa" Rainbows filled up my sky

When she first said “Papa”
Rainbows filled up my sky

“Congrats you are a father”
Five words which changed my life forever.

As I picked up the fluffy angel
She gave me a pink smile
My heart did a samba
As if I had run, many a mile.

When she first said “Papa”
Rainbows filled up my sky
When she toddled into my arms
I felt I could fly.

The first day at school
The nick that made her cry
Moments which made me smile
Memories which make me sigh.

As she sang and performed The world was her stage

As she sang and performed
The world was her stage

Cinderella she was
And also  Snow White
Sitting anxiously in the first row
I was  suffering from stage fright.

As she sang and performed
The world was her stage
And she was my princess
On every stage, at every age.

A young lady now –
She is ready to fly the nest
To move higher and higher
Till she touches the  very crest.

She’ll leave behind an aching soul
A heart that is forlorn
No one can fill the void
Alas, once she is gone.

Years will pass, the ache will not
I’ll keep waiting for her
My little girl, little no more
I’ll wonder if she’s gone, forever.

Then one day I’ll hear
Words only five
That will make me
Yell, yodel, sing and jive.

“Congrats, you are a grandfather”
These words will echo in my mind
My princess has donned a new avatar
And a better one I’ll never find.

A soft and fluffy bundle of joy
Will once again permeate my being
And my life once more will be
Really and truly worth living.

Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is a children’s writer with 38 books to his name. He has won 34 awards in the competition for writers of children’s literature organised by Children’s Book Trust (CBT), over the years. He also dabbles in satire, poetry, fiction and travelogues. His writings have been translated into 15 Indian and 14 foreign languages and have also found a place in text books, as well as national and international anthologies. A much sought after inspirational speaker and story teller, Ramen has been invited to participate in several conferences and festivals. These include the IBBY Congress of Children’s Writers in Denmark (2008) & Greece (2018) and Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (2019), apart from many literary events across the country. In the Congress held in Greece he was the only writer from India to be invited to chair two sessions. An Engineer and an MBA, Ramen is former General Manager & Chief of Communications, SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant. He is the father of two children who are bonsai celebrities in their own right. While Ankita is a youth icon and a travel blogger with an Instagram following of 76K, Aniket creates cool Apps and designs covers for his Dad's books. His website is
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