I was profoundly shocked to learn the demise of A.F. Dawood
With whom, for nearly fifty years, my harmonious relationship with him stood
His earthy life ended in 2015 in the night of December thirteen
Carry I a rich storehouse of memories which will remain evergreen.
I have vivid memories when I met him at AMA for the first time
This was when we were carefree and in youthful prime
Blossomed our friendship sans any hiccups over the years
Meeting, discussing, caring, sharing amid joys and cheers.
A unique friendship that stood tall, great and very strong
As offspring of well respected parents whose genes we adorn
A born artist, versatile teacher, good story teller-all he cherished
A pedagogue par excellence whose explanations all relished
A strict taskmaster who executed his duties with keen devotion
Being a person of principles, he believed in steadfast dedication
Believed in ethics and good morals that enhanced his integrity
Passionate to serve all with humility, decorum and dignity
Displayed courtesy and decency with his admirable,
Imparting knowledge, indulging in writing that grew in stature
Worked strictly according to his planned scheduled time
And did not wait leisurely for the clock to chime
As a regular writer of short stories, he made his mark
Their publication made him as happy as a lark
Readers of the popular Sunday Observer will greatly miss
His arresting, captivating stories read with much relish.
As an active social activist, I had an occasion to remark
That he should launch a book, and so we decided to embark
With God’s grace, it happened on June 12, 2014, indeed a pleasure
Encompassing some gems inside, what a fine treasure!
As a long time, bosom pal, I felt I was duty bound
To organize the launching ceremony for his stories to go around
Such a gifted writer, he eminently deserved many awards
But never went behind big personages to win rewards
I cherish the memory of that memorable launching day
When he and I made speeches in our own inimitable way
When his “magnum opus” was launched, it was his finest hour
But, Alas! soon he kissed good bye in keeping with the
Just 2 ½ years after the launch, my close friend had to leave,
Making us, kith and kin, wife and three children grieve,
Cutting short his versatile teaching and gifted writing skills.
We mortals are helpless; death inevitable as Allah wills
We can only pray him to grant him Jennathul Firdous, Aameen.
Note Well: A M A is Auto Mobile Association