Childhood beckons me:
Dad, a regular presence – in home then, thoughts now.
Once a lovely abode, hideaway in present to write to
Dad, some winning notes.
Without him, misspent is this life, twinge leaven,
every moment be.
I try to relive my yesteryears, with him on my mind’s screen.
No equals to his goodness, the void widens.
Writhed in pain, I long to hold his hand
and follow his commandments with all religiosity.
With him not in worldly realm, how to enliven,
and make him overjoyed. The inheritance prompts me to be his prototype.
Home is where I now wait for some lovely acknowledgement,
Of received notes.
Manjinder Kaur Wratch, scribbles the jottings of her heart under the pen name, MannSlarjang. She is working for her doctoral degree on Partition literature from University of Jammu. Recipient of Maulana Azad National Fellowship by UGC, she has actively participated in various national and international conferences and has also contributed more than twenty research papers for certain critical anthologies and reputed journals-national as well as international. Earlier she has served as Faculty English Language and Literature in many institutes throughout the country. For her M.Phil dissertation she worked on the translated in English works of the legendary Punjabi and Hindi author, Amrita Pritam. Her study areas include Literary Criticism, Film Studies, and Indian Writing in English and Translation with spotlight on Partition and Conflict Literature, Diasporic and Exile Literature and Literature of the Marginalised. She reviews literature regularly and is an empanelled reviewer of Muse India.