The stranger said you had to go.
I asked him why. He didn’t know.
He said the words and others cried.
I asked again. No one knew why.
You were too young, my mother sighed,
Tears on her cheeks and in her eyes;
‘T’was the only time I saw her cry
Since you left. I don’t know why.
I miss you, dad; where have you gone?
Without you the days—they feel so long,
And all the time I feel so sad—
You’ve left us and mom is mad.
She cries and screams and kicks and shouts;
Says it’s my fault you’re gone right now.
I hope she’s wrong, but never say.
She made me bleed the other day.
I miss you, dad, don’t you miss me?
I miss you a lot, I miss my family.
Where are you, dad? I feel so scared.
Mom has gone, but I don’t know where.
When you left, she went, too;
I hope she’s okay—is she there, with you?
Everything’s changed and nothing is fine—
Mom’s been drinking all the time.
She drinks and hits and makes me cry
I wish you were here; then all would be fine
I’m scared and worried and feel so sad:
My mom’s a stranger; I need my dad,
But you’re gone, they say; in a better place,
But how could they say that, while tears streamed mom’s face?
The others said that it’d be okay;
That nothing’s wrong; that I should feel this way,
But it hurts that you’re gone and I don’t know where.
There’s no one to talk with; no one to share.
I miss you, dad; please come home soon;
Mom and I miss you; it’s not the same without you.
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