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My Father, With His Arthritic Hands

My father, with his arthritic hands
Closes his door, picks up the bow
Tucks the bit under his chin
Tunes it real low
My father can compete with the world's best bands
My father plays the violin.

His eyes are dim but the notes are clear
His hearing is faulty but we can hear
The songs that pour out from within
People outside stop to listen
When my father plays the violin.

He opens up another world
Far from stress and pain
I become a child again
As without a word
He picks up the bow, tunes it real low
My father plays the violin.

My father with his arthritic hands
Holds a magnifying glass to his eyes to read
He sits out there under the clear blue skies
Now that he can hardly walk
(Luckily my sisters are there when he needs to talk) .
And when its dusk and he enters within
Then with his arthritic hands
Father picks up his violin.

Submitted: Monday, January 14, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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  • Ranjit Ravindran (10/18/2009 8:54:00 PM)

    Indomitable Spirit. My hearty wishes to your dad, Ma'am.
    Is there any way I can hear his lovely tunes?

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  • Marie Shine (5/24/2009 2:18:00 PM)

    I have to agree with Catrina on this one.Her comment says it all really and there's nothing I can add. I loved this poem and because it is beautifully descriptive could see the picture in my mind as I read.
    A very touching piece - eyes filled up with tears!
    Thank You Rani for sharing.
    10/10 from me.

  • Catrina Heart (2/7/2009 3:16:00 AM)

    WOW! Rani thank God you have invited me to read this poem...Its awesome...The message was great, very touching piece. With all your fathers disability the songs flow through the heart while playing his violin...10/10

  • Katherine Wiley (6/19/2008 1:03:00 AM)

    A very touching poem, beautifully written. Thanks for sharing. Kate

  • Ron Flowers (6/9/2008 7:24:00 PM)

    Rani, a truly wonderful poem of love and respect. I am glad you pointed me to it.

  • Mamta Agarwal (5/20/2008 4:47:00 AM)

    your pride in your father and compassion for him really touched me. it is very painful to see your parents suffer. but he rose above it and made you proud. so touching

  • Abha Sharma (4/26/2008 3:30:00 AM)

    we all have loved our father but it's a beautiful way to reveal our regards and affection...a soul soothing poem...

  • Irene Clark-hogg (4/13/2008 7:34:00 PM)

    Once again your love for your father shines through your work and touches the hearts of those who read.

  • Meggie Gultiano (4/9/2008 5:00:00 AM)

    Like me, you really love your father, and they both play the violin..this is a very touching piece, it moved me to tears..i do miss my father so much..Thanks for this sharing, Rani

  • Janice Windle (3/29/2008 6:46:00 AM)

    This is a moving and beautifully written piece, Rani. The skilled hands of an old person are very touching to me too. You paint a clear picture of him.

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