The day I met my dad

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A poem I wrote 20 years ago when I first met my dad.

Submitted: November 01, 2011

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The Day I met my Dad

Ten years ago

Just before I got wed

Had to see the dad

that I had never seen

Who'd never been

the Dad who'd taken me

out and about

or the one who'd shout

or even give me a clout

Took the train

Liverpool st to Braintree

Read Candide

on the train

Felt foolish to rake up bad memories again

Knocked on the door

rang the bell

Come in sit down

can I take your coat

Ensconced between the sausage rolls and chocolate cake

A mountain of food all laid out for me

resembling something like a birthday tea

But there were no candles or cakes for me

Betty his wife popping in and out

with endless cups of milky tea

I could sense she wasn't sure about me

I looked quite smart

at 29

Pink Jacket

Black Trousers

Wrong shoes

as I felt his son staring at me

Dad sat at the other end of the table

Lisa 21

Liam 19

Both sat watching TV

Not really bothering to look at me

then it was time to go

and he offered me a lift

Made small talk with the man

who was the dad I'd never seen

Had never been

Cheerio, au revoir, adieu

I said as the train pulled in

and as I turned my head

I thought I could see a tear

In the eye of the man

who couldn't ever be

Dad

which now makes me feel so very sad


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