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I Never Called You Daddy
by Kate Burnside
Friday, June 03, 2005
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This is a manuscript write... My Dad! HE had all sisters - and what characters! I have three BIG brothers! :)) LOL Kate xx


I never called you Daddy -
it didn't seem quite right
for what you were:

A huddled figure crouching
Peter Rabbit-like among the radishes,
hiding from Mr McGregor.

Or the diminutive man
dressed in stale clothes
between wards
between latrines
between women
at the hospital...

And, in a small room
you were often a crowd,
big with confusion
and alcoholic gusto;

You weren't exactly Daddy
at those times, either.

But, where life is forever trapped
in sepia,
you look like the child I was
back then,

And I can think of you as Daddy,
knowing you were perhaps a little boy
looking for a lap to sit on
and arms to hug you -

Just like me.

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Reviewed by Pamela garner 6/19/2005
woderful poem. It truely touched my heart
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 6/15/2005
Your poem is phenomenal - how you achieve such balance and perspective without dropping into emotion as I seem to is beyond me. What strikes me most is the promise and potential of the boy trapped in every man evoked by both poem and photo. Excellent work here, Kate.
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 6/4/2005
This took guts! I'm speechless!!
Splendid work!

Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/4/2005
I hope this painful and honest write was cathartic. Daddys are loved and cherished for what they COULD have been as well as what they were. I'm sorry for your pain Kate. I know your loss because I had the greatest dad in the world. But it seems as though you have forgiven his failings and have come at least partly to terms with his absence. Hugs...(You favor him)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/4/2005
Soul-stirring and captivating, Kate. Thank you for sharing this beauty. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/4/2005
heartwrenching, painful write; very well done, kate!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in america, karen lynn in texas. :( >tears <
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/4/2005
Extremely heartwrenching write, Dear Kate; can truly feel the pain here. And I truly hope writing this has helped.
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 6/3/2005
A sad and touching write.

Be strong and take care.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/3/2005
Oh Kate this says so much and you poured your heart out here I can tell. The good thing is and it shines through quite well here is that you have the intelligence to figure it all out and know that no blame can correct the past. I am honoured when you call me "Pops" cuase I know you mean it as a sincere compliment from your heart to mine. Keep up the good words, Kate.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/3/2005
Splendid poem Kate! I was blessed with a fantastic father and always hurt for those who weren't ! Love the photo, what a great array of Aunts you have;-)Glad you overcame the situation!

Reviewed by jude forese 6/3/2005
did we have the same father?

ypu captued our hearts with this poem ...
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/3/2005
A well-meaning and well-written piece. This picture of your daddy is so precious. He must have been a proud daddy.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Janet Parker 6/3/2005
Wow! This one makes me tear up. So sad, but so well written. I'm so thankful for my wonderful daddy. The picture is priceless. Wish I could known each one of those girls. xxxooo Janet
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/3/2005

Heartbreaking, powerful eloquently penned. *tears*

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/3/2005
Thought you might be, Andy... there's a lot of "us" out here! And don't you worry: children are highly sensitive to the spiritual vibes surrounding situations, and I reckon you will always be and remain SuperMan to Seb - who I am sure will have picked up from his mother the REAL reason for him not being able to see you. Keep channelling the loving vibes his way and I can guarantee the floodgates will open - one day: "for everything there is a season". Konfident Kate xx
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/3/2005

This is a sad write Kate, but as you've erm, erm matured? you now see it from an old (ish) ladies view.

Sad both for parents and children. Kinda heartrending brave write.

Not seeing my son. Oftentimes wonder what he thinks too?
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/3/2005
Not a pleasant memory to recall. But you overcame the lack of a fathers love and turned out just fine. Bravo
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