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How Could You ? To my Son Joshua, Whom I Love Very Much

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How Could You ? To my Son Joshua, Whom I Love Very Much

How could you turn your back on him?
What has he ever done to you?
Except to give you all his love,
So innocent and true.

You disappear for years on end,
And never leave a word.
No birthday cards or Christmas days,
I find that quite absurd.

He is not alone in your evil deeds,
For you have three more.
You didn't even say good-bye,
When you walked through the door.

How could you even call yourself, 
A mother in the sense?
You can't even spell the word,
Not from this time hence.

How could you even sleep at night?
Knowing what you've done,
How could you even walk away?
And leave our darling son.

How could your feelings be so cold?
How could you ever love?
How is it, that your desires,
Always rise above.

How could your darn addictions,
Come before your kids?
How is it you can live with yourself?
Knowing all of this.

How could you just give him up?
As if he were not there,
How could you turn and close your eyes?
And show you do not care.

How could I be so lucky?
That you've done what you've done,
You have given me the greatest gift,
You let me raise my son!


  For You Josh.... I love you Son....Dad

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  1. Date: 12/9/2009 9:59:00 AM

    I know how hard it has been for you my love...but I hope that by our being together it has helped you and Josh...even though I am not his mother..I think of him as I one of my own. I hope you both realize that! I love you both....and as for her....well she lost out on one of life's greatest treasures...being a MOTHER!! One day Josh will come to appreciate this write to him!! Hugs~Mary

  1. Date: 12/5/2009 8:56:00 AM

    OH how beautifully moving and emotional.. how come all the "good guys" end up with these kind of women? and all the "good ladies" end up with all the losers? .. this is unfair ... yes? but u have loving kids and u must be a terrific Dad per Jared's comments to your poetry and your kids will be blessings to u all your life... I know.. I had four boys.. raised them alone .. father decided it was not for him.. lost one son as a babe and now writing poetry.. its all good, Richard.. all good... luv

  1. Date: 12/3/2009 8:31:00 AM

    Don't remind me dad, you may have to punch me repeatedly. Talking about that trash.... Josh is the man, I love my lil' brother, a prince for all he has been through in his short life..... As a father you should be proud.... Excellent dedication to your youngest son.... I am sure Josh is thrilled.....:JP]

  1. Date: 12/3/2009 7:25:00 AM

    hard subject, very real to many-enjoyed reading today!

  1. Date: 12/3/2009 5:35:00 AM

    I'll never understand how a parent can leave a child. I could never abandon my two no matter what. Thank goodness your son has you! Very poignant poetry. ~Juliane

  1. Date: 12/2/2009 11:19:00 PM

    ouch... and at the same time, thank God the boy has YOU. You're a good father Richard :) And a great writer. Heartfelt poem my friend. xo

  1. Date: 12/2/2009 10:48:00 PM

    Heart wrenching indeed and deep..I can see the love you carry for your kids.. it touches the core..i can feel the pain..yet i can feel the way you re blessed with your wonderful kids..Charma

  1. Date: 12/2/2009 10:09:00 PM

    Nice poem Richard...enjoyed...Marty

  1. Date: 12/2/2009 9:09:00 PM

    Excellent rhyme and meter, I can feel the frustration of her leaving him for her addictions and the joy of you getting to raise him. All the best...Raul

  1. Date: 12/2/2009 7:56:00 PM

    Hi Richard, I love your raw heartfelt honesty in this poem. You poured your heart out. Great rhyme and meter. I feel the deep love you have for your son here. Life can turn on a dime sometimes that's for sure. Enjoyed reading this. Thanks for your welcome comment on my poetry.Thanks for sharing. Take care, Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/2/2009 7:56:00 PM

    Oooh! So very sorry to read about so much pain. It is a hard thing to understand. I can't either when a mother choose to leave her child(ren) behind. However you did write about her addictions. I think she knows and hurts underneath it all and lives in hell, perhaps drowning more in these addiction just to forget. So very painful! Thank you for sharing. The poem is well written, very emotional. Best of all you are a great dad! It was nice reading your poetry so far. Caroline.