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I Wish I Knew You Better

Goodbye, Uncle

By Manisha DhalaniPublished about a month ago β€’ 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024
I Wish I Knew You Better
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.I wish I knew you better

My own uncle

My mother's flesh and blood

And mine, too, I suppose

But you've always been far

Far from sight, far from reach,

Never too far from mind, I must say.

I hear stories about you

Childhood stories that mum tells me

About your mischief

About your early exit from the family nucleus

How you set up your own successes

Build your own little life

How you're always elusive evasive

But never unkind.

How you'd shower me and my sister

With chocolates and gifts

Things we never asked for

And yet you gave

For you had a heart of gold.

One that not many understood

I see a lot of me in you

A kind person with strict boundaries

A kind, misunderstood person

A creative mind

A go-getter

But never one to forget family

You would touch base with everyone

When it was needed

But never invade in another's life or privacy

You were far

But now that you're gone

You're even further away from reach.

I'm sorry you had to go so soon

I'm sorry I didn't try to get to know you better

I'm sorry I can't be there

I'm sorry I didn't shed as many tears

When I heard of your passing

Because somewhere deep down

All I could think of was how unfair it was

That I didn't get to know you better

That I didn't know you enough

To wail in sorrow

My heart is filled with misery

I grieve quietly

For you will be missed, dear Uncle.

By many.

Some near, but many far.

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Comments (27)

  • Sasi Kala19 days ago

    Congrats Top Story! Manisha

  • Sebastian Hills20 days ago

    Wonderful, I love it.

  • C_M_Estrada22 days ago


  • Ali SP23 days ago

    This was so heartfelt! What a great way to remember your uncle!

  • Maili Paul23 days ago

    Excellently penned. And very relatable.

  • Sweileh 88824 days ago

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  • Salman Paki25 days ago

    Great work

  • Murali27 days ago

    One of the most emotional poem I've ever read is about the relatives we have in life. There is one type of person who holds a special place in our hearts, like your uncle. I'm sorry that you miss him so much, but he will always be in your heart. I also have such a good person in my life; he is my uncle too. He is such a kind person, like your uncle. We are all glad to have such a great person in our lives.

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Exquisitely written and loved it!!!πŸ’•β€οΈβ€οΈ Congratulations on Top Story too!!!

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  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Appreciate your work.

  • Shirley Belkabout a month ago

    A beautiful tribute to a very interesting man. I'm sure he "saw" you and it meant the world to him. Congratulations on your Top Story, too.

  • Anu Mehjabinabout a month ago

    Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt piece.πŸ’ And congrats on your top storyπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Oh, I'm sorry for your loss of your uncle. I liked how you said "But never invade in another's life or privacy." He sounds like he was a kind and loving man. Congrats on the TS, Manisha!

  • Raihana H.about a month ago

    I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing this piece with us. I can feel how hurt you are.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! πŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠ

  • Dr. Jason Benskinabout a month ago

    Awesome writing, keep it up!

  • Margaret Brennanabout a month ago

    Congratulations on TS. That said, sorry for your loss; I can relate what you're feeling. Before I married (at age 19) my only brother was drafted and sent to Nam. After the war, he settled in VA so we never much of him; he preferred it that way. On a rare occasion, he'd travel to NY to visit his pre-war friends (some of which died in Nam) and our family. One day, my older son, he was 13 at the time, saw my brother in the park and walked over to say hello. He was crushed because my brother didn't recognize him. I explained what happened and my son understood, but it was still a sad day. Here we are 30 years after my brother died and my son still talks about his uncle he never go to know.

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    I offer my condolences. Lovely writing for a sad loss.

  • The Dani Writerabout a month ago

    A difficult poem to write (and read) and an even more difficult time for you and your family. Sending you every solace 🌻🌼🌻 *And keep writing if it helps*

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    It is always hard when those family ties remain untied and we lose the ones we should have held close. Selah.

  • Silver Serpent Booksabout a month ago

    I'm sorry for your loss. You've written something that I think most people can, in some sense, relate to. Wishing you knew someone better is such a hard feeling to manage. Congrats on the Top Story though!

  • Belleabout a month ago

    Beautifully written. I've been feeling this way too, in the face of grief, that we miss out on chances we didn't realize we had or even think about, until it's gone. I'm so sorry for your loss ❀️

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    I'm sorry - always stings to realise we have missed our chance for something more.

  • Kageno Hoshinoabout a month ago

    May he rest in peace

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