ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Senryu: Father

Updated on September 10, 2013
Source

When we are young, we all are poets, when we become old we all are philosophers. There are exceptions, people remain poets all their life, and some are philosophers from the beginning, and there are those who are poet and the philosopher, philosopher and the poet.

Poetry comes from the heart and philosophy seeps out of our mind. We learn to unfold our mind when we grow older and then our heart rapidly becomes weak.

Sometimes I’m amused at how much poetic and philosophical we are in our everyday life. Once a friend of mind said something that surprised me a lot. He said: Have you ever tried taking yourself out of you and look at yourself from that place (he pointed at the coffee mug). This guy had never read poetry or philosophy; actually he had never read books apart from his school and college textbooks.

Source

The senryu I present here are the actual words uttered during everyday conversations between the father and the child (that’s me).


My father said to me:


My Son

I was seeking pleasure

You arrived


I answered:


Already trodden wrong path

Cannot be corrected

Can you, father

Source
Source

I remember the time when everything crashed. The following day, I packed my rucksack and took a bus. During the 12 hours journey, I began thinking about possibilities.I saw my father’s farm.


Father

I came here to be lost

I found myself


Father and the child were talking about the social problems women in Nepal faced and the new law about “marital rape.”

“Inner consolidation,” the father said and paused for a while. The child completed the sentence.


Fresh wounds of new mothers

That would be treated between men's legs

Father! You were someone there

Source
Source

How often do you converse with your father?

See results

My ancestors had helped the Ghurkha King by giving money, during the unification of Nepal in the 18th century. They fought against the autocratic rule in 1950. One day my father was showing me a copy of a document that stated the facts and he suddenly said:


A terrible life being a legend

You are dead

Long before you die


A Publication had accepted his manuscript, but my father retired from the city and went to live in his farm. He has another book about political history of Nepal but he doesn’t want to forward the manuscript to a publication. He has aborted brilliant ideas for fictions and non-fictions. “Have you ever thought yourself as an agriculturist?” I asked. He answered: A gardener...


Burrows time to create an identity

Wants the time to stop

Tomatoes are ripe

© 2011 Vinaya Ghimire

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Memuna Umber 2 years ago

      I stumbled here by accident, and I am so glad that I did. I really enjoyed reading your hub.

      It made me feel good :)

      Thank you for sharing it with us!

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image
      Author

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Vincent,

      Thanks for your heart warming comment. What a wonderful compliments from an accomplished poet/writer/friend.

      Regards

    • profile image

      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Beautiful and meaningful work flowing from a philosophers/poets pen. They are all wonderful and I sense they all came from your heart. Tweeted and shared.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image
      Author

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      @Michelle, thanks for plugging my works. I greatly appreciate your comment.

      @Don, thanks for sharing your inputs. I liked your interpretation.

      Cheers

    • DON BALDERAS profile image

      DON BALDERAS 4 years ago

      There is always magic when two people converse especially if they are about things that make up their lives and relationship. Coming to terms with many experiences in life, the father would somehow be able to always relate to what the son or daughter has to say. It is in this hope that they take a road where they meet and celebrate differences for after all, life takes all of us to cover gaps created not just by age but by culture.

    • midget38 profile image

      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Very powerful conversation between father and child....haunting. Thanks for the sharing as well...it complements the haiku perfectly!! Thanks for the share, and I share too.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image
      Author

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Christy, thanks for your wonderful comment. I published poetry and stories in the beginning of my hub career, however, I have stopped doing that because of traffic and other things. Nevertheless, I feel happy when someone reads and comments on my old works.

    • ChristyWrites profile image

      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The haiku about being a legend is haunting to read. I like the way you line up the different poem together. I looked for your writing hub you mentioned in the comment on my own hub but could not find it. What is the title?

    • profile image

      Shuva 4 years ago

      Vin, you have wonderful gift. I just loved the haiku in everyday conversations.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image
      Author

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Cathleena,

      thanks for always appreciating my works.

      I'm blessed with a wonderful reader like you.

      Cheers

    • Cathleena Beams profile image

      Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Another awesome Haiku, Vinaya Ghimire. Love this one as well as the others that I have read. You are very good at this! I will have to give it a try to see if I can do one now that you have told us how. Voting up and sharing!

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image
      Author

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hi pennyofheaven,

      so nice of you to say that.

      Cheers

    • pennyofheaven profile image

      pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Haikus have never appealed to me until I read your brilliant work! Very powerful stuff with so few words. Thanks

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image
      Author

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Jamie, thanks for reading and commenting.

      I hope you are having good time with your father.

      Cheers

    • jhamann profile image

      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      you have brought a tear to my eye this father's day. my father will be here soon and your words will resonant throughout the visit. Thank you Vinyana. Jamie

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image
      Author

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Christy, thanks for sharing my hub on social media and leaving wonderful comment here, there, everywhere.

      Regards

    • ChristyWrites profile image

      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a beautiful tribute Vinaya

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image
      Author

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Angel,

      In Nepal, those who don't have father commemorate their father by performing rituals.

      Thanks for wishing my dad and all the dads.

    • Angelme566 profile image

      Angelme566 4 years ago

      Happy Father's day to your dad and to all good hub dads :)

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image
      Author

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Daisy,

      Cyndi,

      Vellur,

      Angel,

      Rajan,

      Tillsontitan,

      Docomo,

      teaches,

      Thank you my dear fellow writers for reading and commenting on my hub. I'm blessed with wonderful friends like you. Cheers

    Click to Rate This Article