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In the darkening room I stood:
tears welling in my eyes:
by the windowed-wall, looking out,
my small chest full of sighs.

Headlights bright white and tail lights red,
paired, meandered down the street,
yet the white headlights that I sought
seemed only to retreat.

Cold, calm, singular, tear drops fell,
soon reaching down turned lips;
as in the house across the street,
the living room was lit.

A Father held his baby high. 
He hugged that toddler tight.
I wiped the corner of my eye,
and gazed into the night.

Above the darkened woodland near,
beneath a cobalt sky;
the highway brought their Fathers home.
alone again stood I.

Horns blared out in drives near by
sweet laughter filled the air,
and, in the drive across the street,
their Fathers did appear.

The children ran out slamming doors,
on small unshodden feet,
with tiny squeals, and upturned cheeks,
their Father they did greet.

Where was the father who I sought
our lives incomplete
a traveling man, my Father
did nothing but retreat.

*A memory from when I was 8.

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  1. Date: 2/28/2015 9:49:00 PM

  1. Date: 10/1/2013 8:15:00 PM
    well done............. LUV.............. SKAT

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 8:53:00 AM
    This is a very touching, very beautiful and excellent write about great childhood mem'ries with great dad/s my dear friend Deb. Loving this so much.To my fave. Thank you so much for sharing! My big hearty congratulations on your super win! love lots & big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 9/29/2013 8:08:00 PM
    You deserved this win. I loved your poem, thank you for sharing this with me. Congratulations, Juli-Michelle

  1. Date: 9/29/2013 7:42:00 PM
    what a poignant, yet equally beautiful poem you have crafted....congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 3/13/2012 7:46:00 AM
    Aww Debbie, This could quite easily be my childhood your writing about..such sadness, your right about the sad jag.. we seem to be in.. xxx Hugs

  1. Date: 2/6/2011 5:19:00 PM
    Deb, of the three of yours I've seen so far, this is MY favorite. I had seen this one before and commented on how well I liked it! Joe calling me. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 1/24/2011 4:26:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Debbie in the contest "My Darkest Childhood Memory"sponsored by Walayee (Lay). Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/23/2011 7:55:00 PM
    So sad and beautifully penned. You seem to have described my feeling for my grandad. many congratulations for this win.

  1. Date: 1/23/2011 7:05:00 AM
    most beautifully scribed; my kind of poetry indeed… one big THUMBS UP to you, deb lights :) hugggs, nette

  1. Date: 1/23/2011 5:53:00 AM
    Hi Deborah - This is so painfully sad yet, beautifully penned. Congratulations on your WIN in Walayee's contest. Best wishes, KC

  1. Date: 1/22/2011 3:25:00 PM
    Congratulations on the well deserved win in the contest, deb

  1. Date: 1/22/2011 1:40:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 1/22/2011 1:37:00 PM
    Congrats on your wonderful success in Lay's contest with this excellent entry Debbie... enjoy with luv..

  1. Date: 1/22/2011 12:47:00 PM
    Another win for this fine poem, Deb. Congratulations! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/22/2011 12:31:00 PM
    This is really sad and heartbreaking, many burdens for little children to carry..sometimes it overwhelms..Congratulations on your fine win in the contest! Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 1/22/2011 11:59:00 AM
    Congrats honey! Lay

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 10:41:00 PM
    Gosh. Deb, this one I somehow missed. It's very good and a BIG congrats to you! LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 2/27/2010 4:21:00 PM
    Beautifully written, Deborah. So poignant. I certainly relate to the sorrow that you've described here. Congratulations dear one.

  1. Date: 2/26/2010 7:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Starflixer's Betrayal contest Deb. Love, Carol