How do you describe the sadness of losing your children?
Daddy, why did you go?
Dad, we saw you drive by the house today, Mom had made us go out and play.She's been mad at us lately but why I can't say. Daddy, why did you go away?
My son, I love you with all of my heart and being away just tears me apart. Waving was all I could do as I drove by, I was trying so hard not to cry.
But Dad, I heard Mom tell someone that we're in her way; could you please come home and stay? I promise that we won't be mad, if you will just come back to us Dad.
My dearest child, it was your Mother that sent me away; Oh Jesus Christ, just what should I say? Your Mother loves you and it will all be okay, she's just confused and won't let me come home to stay.
But Dad, each night you read us a story and tucked us in; last night we watched Mom drink from a bottle of gin. Dad please come home, we promise that we'll be good. We are both so very sad, Mom told us you left 'cause we were bad. We're sorry Dad.
Son, you're not the reason that I went away and if I was allowed, I'd come home today. You've done nothing wrong and I'm so sorry to see, the hurt in your eyes because you miss me.
Honey, my child, my reason to be, Your Mother loves you, can't you see? Of that you can be sure, you don't need to worry. And if she would let me I'd be home in a hurry. Please give Mommy some time and give her some space, and please take care of your sister. I miss you all so very much, but please... don't tell Mommy I miss her.
She will say I'm using you to cause and stir up trouble, and she'll go file another false charge; she'll do it on the double. My son, let things calm down and you both be good, right now things are in tatters. If we give Mommy time and give her some space, she may realize what matters.
I love you both more than life itself. Daddy
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|Reviewed by K. Mulroney
|I have to give you such kudos for sticking this out. I am/was a step mom of 3 kids. My husband took them to another state but only after finding a better paying job than he had and a better home did he file for divorce. No, I was not the reason. I didn't meet him till after he filed for divorce but I watched and had to endure a mother that wanted to sell her children to him for money. His profit sharing money. She never asked for custody, that would have taken away from her 2 day binge parties and all nighters. While I slaved to raise hers and 2 of my own working 60 plus hrs. a week for 10 yrs. and still the courts, our courts in our state told her she only had to pay 15.00 a week in child support, not for each kid but for all 3. Which she never paid a dime of, not even after taking her back to court. They threw out what she owed but uped it to 25.00 a week, again, not a dime, no school supplies, no clothes, no birthdays, Christmas, nothing from her. I saw the anguish these kids went thru, the anger, the sorrow, the blame. It was awful. Then there were my 2 who felt replaced because I had to spend so much time trying to ease my step kids minds that their mom loved them she just was confused and all the while all I wanted to do was beat her ass (sorry, had to say it). But the few and I mean FEW times she actually called she spent the entire call bad mouthing their dad and me. So you see, you are not alone Glen, just love them even as adults because believe me they still feel all those childhood fears. You are a good man, God bless you and your children.
|Reviewed by noxolo marcia (Reader)
|it touch me to read this for i never had that bond with my dad|
|Reviewed by Mary Johnson (Reader)
I love this poem!:)
|Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis
|Truly, Glen, I couldn't get clear through this heart-wrenching piece. It's so beautifully written and so penetrating that the emotion wells up all too intensely. I remain sorry for all that your children and you had to bear.|
|Reviewed by Joy Henley
|This was obvously written from not only your heart...but your soul. It is a scenario that plays out in far too many children's lives today. I have tears...just so many tears reading this. I also cry for the children. Thank you for speaking out for many parents- through this poem. It truly is a reflection of your grief and sorrow.|
|Reviewed by Bernice Angoh
|This brought tears to my eyes....|
|Reviewed by Z McClure
|I was moved by this poem Glen. I know a father who is experiencing this kind of heart-ache even now. I must commend you for sharing this with the world because people need to hear this. Keep up your writing!
I especially like the way you allowed us to hear from the depths of a child's heart. You've said in effect "children need to be seen AND HEARD"
|Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
|My stepsons write this every day, but we get no letters, no calls, no anything, we can only imagine this scenario, but our hearts are trying to seek out the filling for the voids, praying, "Oneday"
A heartfelt pen, Glen
Love and Peace~
|Reviewed by Kate Burnside
|this is truly heartbreaking, Glen. As adults it is difficult to comprehend this merry-go-round of pain and confusion when partner relationships go pear-shaped. But for the children - God, you portray this so vividly. Your story is life to countless thousands of parents in disarray and children in agony. Blame and guilt both given and received. How I wish it were not so, but sadly it is for many, and I can only applaud your bravery, honesty and courage for sharing this true-to-life view with such poetic craftsmanship and strength. God bless you, Glen, and all those you strive to comfort and help. Love, Kate xx|
|Reviewed by Sheri Uy
|Hello Glen, how could I have missed this? Guess i've been away too long from the hub. Now im back and so glad and excited to read your works again. Your deep love and concern for your children can be felt in every paragraph, the bond between father and son, father and daughter, it's just wonderful & mysterious. Life's lessons are sometimes hard but they are there to strengthen us spiritually. I pray all is well with you and your family now, esp that you wrote this some two years back. I am just drawn by the way you put into fine poetry the kind of conversation with your son, that you might have in your mind and heart. Be well, my friend.
|Reviewed by Linda Hill
This is a heartbreaking write. Children are always cast in the middle, they don't know what is happening to their parents. Its so sad. I hope so much everything works out for you and your children. My thoughts and prayers are always with you.
Blessings and love,
|Reviewed by Richard Swartz
|the worse thing in a family setting is when the most importan people you love are the ones who get hurt the most when something like this happens and it is the most saddest thing any one would have to go thou...and it takes a real long time before the soreness of the matter to heal, but sometimes it never really heals untill one of the spouses given or the childern are given to one or the other and sometimes that can be bad as well but then not that much dose it turn out for the good.(A Powerful Pome says Richard Swartz -Columbus NE)|
|Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader)
|And sadly this is the world we live in. It's always the children that suffer.
I can't imagine a mother drinking and then telling her kids such horrible things, but I know it happens, and all too often.
Your poem is gut-wrenching, love holly
|Reviewed by Christine Alwin
|Glen this was a very emotional, and moving piece,, You want to potect children,, and when they are your own,, wow,,, I will have to read your book,,, Best wishes to you, Christine|
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|Broken homes are a sad piece of reality that is very difficult and sometimes heartwrenching to live with. Everyone is hurt, but it is, in my opinion, always the children that suffer the most. This piece eats away at my heart and soul....
|Reviewed by Kathy Armijo
|Sadly, this commentary is the plight of many families. Kids, in some way, thinking if they were better things would be alright.
"... give her time and give her space..." words from a Father who understands and loves.
God bless all of you,
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|No easy answers, Glen. Maybe the daddy couldn't handle the fact that he thought he would be a failure? Deciding to leave so others wouldn't be ashamed? I don't know: but you've punched me in the gut with the pain in this write. :( I hope this isn't your reality...
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Heartbreaking write, Glen; powerfully and emotionally conveyed in compelling verse. Very well done; bravo!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <