Accepting You As You Are

By Parneet

I don’t recognize you, but I know you
You are in the hospital calling my name
I recognize the voice but not the man
The voice is of my father but the body is of another

I don’t recognize you, but I know you
Wounded you lay with a bandaged face
I go to you to embrace
I feel nothing in your arms’ place
My heart sinks. I am full of disgrace

I don’t recognize you, but I know you
Here lies the man who always said I can
You whisper, “I love you, so what’s the plan?
Am I still your favorite man?”

I don’t recognize you, but I know you
I stand silent, afraid to take a stand
Do I accept you as you are?
But haven’t I done that so far?

I don’t recognize you, but I know you
The only difference now is your body
Aren’t you that same somebody?
I accept your flaws. I retract my claws

I don’t recognize you, but I know you
You’re my father and always will be
Your soul has always known me
Now I recognize you and I love you

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