Tried Again

Held his little finger

took the first steps


But tried again


He whistled, their signal to walk

she ran towards him

in the tiny shoes

making the squeaking noise

stumbled halfway

But tried again


Fold your hands behind your back

hunch a little, tilt a little

tried to copy his walk

no, it did not match his style


But tried again


Sunday lunch

on the table with him

went out instead,

“sorry Daadu, next Sunday”


But tried again


In a diary

in his drawer

discovered a hidden gem

read his poetry

tried to write one for him

no, not as good


but tried again


Held his hand, checked the pulse,

breathed his last

as he left her hand

called the doctor

too late

heart failed

She couldn’t try again
– S. HA


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