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Unwritten Letters To A Father - Elegy


Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.


Humans often reminisce the good times spent with their fathers, while regretting not having said all those things they should have said when their fathers were around, and hoping the letters that were unwritten during a father's life on earth, reach him through heaven's postal door.

The Poem

When the Gods awoke the world through the sunlit dawn
I strolled along holding your hands on the dew-laced lawn
Somewhere an owl yawned, dreading the morn
I stretch out my hands still, vacant and forlorn

When you wouldn't arrive under an overcast sky
I sat alone drenched, rain and tears by
A momentous shelter of your arms ran by
I am at the storm-slashed door, dreading to go and fly

Dusk arrived, with its golden, subdued hue
Your wrinkled palms in mine, blended old and new
I knew then our moments of sublime togetherness were few
You set forth towards a calmer home, with contentment due

I walk alone in the mortal world, penning my unwritten letter
From the blood you gave me, when you made me a human better
I hope heaven has an address, for a mail to reach without tether
Unshared thoughts in life, to bring your celestial soul hether

© 2018 Rinita Sen


Rinita Sen (author) on July 07, 2019:

First of all, sorry for your loss, Chitrangada. I lost mine 4 years ago, and it still feels like yesterday. There are some pains time doesn't heal, and losing a parent is one of them. I hope they still listen through heaven's door when we call out, and even when we don't. Once again, my regards to you and thank you for your visit.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 05, 2019:

Beautifully expressed and heartfelt poem, totally relatable.

I lost my father, last year. How I wish to see him again! So many things, I want to tell him. It’s a good idea to write on a piece of paper, and hope he gets the message.

When he was around, I never had to say anything to him. Parents, you know, can read the faces of their children.

Thanks for sharing this emotional piece.

Rinita Sen (author) on November 23, 2018:

Thank you, Ann. It is soothing to know you can relate.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 23, 2018:

Beautiful! I feel a lot like that about my father, as we were very close and like-minded. Brought a tear to the eye!


Rinita Sen (author) on November 02, 2018:

Thank you, Mark. Yes, never too late. Glad you see it this way. Appreciate your visit.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on November 02, 2018:

Beautiful, spiritual and well penned. Sometimes we want to show our love and gratitude after they’re gone. It’s never too late.

Rinita Sen (author) on October 05, 2018:

Thank you, Kshipra. I am glad you visited the elegy.

Kshipra Pal on October 04, 2018:

Love elegies ! You wrote it beautifully Rinita, thank you for this!

Rinita Sen (author) on October 02, 2018:

Sofs! My friend from the old times! I am so glad to see you back here. Thank you for visiting, and sharing your story. Glad it was able to touch your heart. I hope I see you more often, take care.

Sophie on October 01, 2018:

Touching. I lost my dad at the age of twelve, I was his darling girl. I never really got to tell him much. I just hung around him all the time and then missed him for years when he passed on.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 25, 2018:

Appreciate your visit, Bill, my friend. I am glad my words could resonate well. Harsh realities.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 25, 2018:

Very lovely! My father died when I was twenty....many times I have regretted not saying things to him in the short time he was with me....sigh....loved your words.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 24, 2018:

Thank you, Li-Jen. You are very kind. Yes, I was hoping this felt more like a letter, so that it feels like it might reach its destination. You are right, its the thought that counts, along with the belief. From childhood memories to adult memories, all good family memories are truly special, even the trying ones are so. Appreciate your visit as always.

Li-Jen Hew on September 24, 2018:

Hey Rinita. Your father would have loved this poem and it's the thought that counts. Your letter-poem is thorough and it appears that you have spent your time wisely in choosing the words as if you were going to mail them. The poem is also like you sometimes pause and recall your childhood memories with your family. Don't worry, your dad is in a better place. Thanks for sharing.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 24, 2018:

Thank you, Rajan, for your kind words. Yes, I believe many can relate. Appreciate you stopping by.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 24, 2018:

A very touching elegy and I am sure the background to your poem rings true for so many of us.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 22, 2018:

No problem at all, John. Smartphones are sometimes the least smart, and do not reflect on a human's ability to write in any way. You got the message across to me, and I am more than glad for it.:)

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 22, 2018:

It's a pity my comment wasn't well written. I should know better than trying and write using my phone. Sorry.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 22, 2018:

Thank you, John, always glad to see you. My father himself was a poet, and some of his works were published in our local senior citizens' magazine during his last years. So yes, I strongly feel that this is one medium that has a greater chance of getting through to the doors of the other world with my letters. Thank you again for reading.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 22, 2018:

A touching and beautiful elegy, Rinita. I can feel the melancholy in your words. Yes, I find rhyme cam just occur naturally at times wit(out any real effort but this is very. Well written and full of emotion. I hope Heaven does have an address for mail to reach because your father would be proud to read this.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 22, 2018:

Thank you, Verlie, for your kind words on my elegy. Sometimes rhyming just happens, you know what I mean, and this poem was one of those times. Glad you could feel the bond behind the letter.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 22, 2018:

Thank you, Manatita. I too hope he listens from the heaven's door and feels good. Appreciate you stopping by.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on September 22, 2018:

Dear Rinita, I love this letter poem, this elegy, every word evokes the emotional bond, earthly, and ethereal. The rhyming words are so gently and softly sounded, like a whispered prayer.

manatita44 from london on September 22, 2018:

Cute, sweet, charming … and full of beauty. I feel that he would be proud of you Rinita. Keep on sending those loving vibes. Much Peace this Saturday. Hari Om Tat Sat!! -Lantern

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