Where Were You Dad?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic


Dad It's funny how life denied me that opportunity 

The opportunity to call you Dad 

Out of the blue here you are

No text and absolutely no phone call 


Where were you Dad When I opened my eyes for the first time 

Hoping to see you and mum side by side 

Where were you 


Where were you Dad 

To change my nappies 

And tug me to sleep 

To toss me up in the air whenever I cried


Where were you Dad 

When mum walked me for the first time to school 

Proudly wearing my new uniform and school shoes 

Anxious to play with other kids


Where were you when I had my first fight 

Where were you to teach me wrong from right 

Mum had to do it all 

She would cry;scream and talk to me all night long 

While all I needed was guidance from your firm voice


Daddy I am not angry at all 

I forgive you 

When you were not there from the start 

I promised myself not to be the man that you chose to be 


Where were you Dad could you please just tell me that 

It hurts so much knowing you were alive 

But dead in my life 

Were you ashamed of me 20 years dow the line that's two full centuries


Where were you dad 

When I needed you to pick me up after school 

Where you could be like any other father bonding with their kid 

Walking hand in hand around the neighbour hood to buy ice cream 

How could you deny me all of that


You denied me the chance to praise you in front of my peers 

You denied me the chance to say I love you daddy 

As you read out to me the story of barbie before I go to sleep 

Or the story of the amazing Spiderman 

I was never in search for a perfect parent 

I was after your love but you shut me out


I just need closure 

All I wanted was to be close to you That all remained a dream Daddy please just answer this question Where were you dad?

Submitted: May 13, 2020

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So full of unanswered questions. The longing for answers was very clear.

Wed, May 13th, 2020 5:57pm

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