Daddy, why did you go away?
Don't you know I wanted you to stay!

Daddy, when you left mom,
Don't you know you left me too?
Now all I do is cry and cry
--- I want to die!

Daddy, mommy say's it's better this way,
What does she know!
They're not enough band-aids to cover up the blues
Mom's kisses can't heal this kind of pain.

Daddy, I look around 
No one stands in your garage
Daddy, You took every tool
Except the hammer and sitting stool
Daddy, I still miss you 
--- I love you. 
Dear Daddy, I'm all grown up now
Haven't seen you since I was 10

Daddy, I sit on your favorite chair,
No longer do I miss the way you caressed my hair.
Daddy, I'm taking the old hammer and this BRAND NEW saw,
It's time to patch all the holes mom punched in the wall 
*The day you walked out on us*
Daddy, don't worry about the times I tripped and fell
Mom found someone to fix  the loose boards,
Got tired of scraping my knees 

Daddy, I finally realized I'm okay,
I agree with mom, it's better this way.

by- Not every dad is great (but step-dad YES!)

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013

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Date: 3/25/2016 6:28:00 AM
How bitter sweet to have to look outside the home for a father's love. Glad yoo found it though.
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Date: 3/6/2016 9:13:00 PM
Hey Linda,,,,you are such a sweetheart..,,I came back to read some of your works and I found this ...Your step dad must be proud of this...I am proud to have you as my friend here on poetry soup !
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Date: 1/17/2016 3:07:00 AM
Wow! I can almost see the little girl standing in the empty garage looking so lost and alone. Great write.
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Date: 1/13/2016 1:00:00 AM
Thank you so much, JUDY............ LINDA
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Date: 1/10/2016 10:50:00 AM
I'm glad to see this one on the winners list Linda. I too am thankful for a step dad who showed us and my mom, love and compassion.
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Date: 1/6/2016 12:01:00 PM
Yes, he is a great dad. The Best. Nice win. SKAT
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Date: 1/6/2016 8:15:00 AM
This winning poem is powerful! Congratulations on your win. Thank God for good stepparents! Janice
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Date: 1/6/2016 5:45:00 AM
Your mom was right. So very happy for you and your step-dad. I'm a step-dad.
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Date: 1/5/2016 8:49:00 PM
This would be very hard for a child of ten. I am glad you had a great step-dad. Love, Joyce
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Date: 1/5/2016 7:53:00 PM
A powerful emotional write Linda...
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Date: 1/5/2016 6:19:00 PM
A heartfelt powerful Poem Linda - I love the final couplet and it sounds like you had a wonderful step dad :-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 1/5/2016 4:04:00 PM
Thank you for being in my contest. Your ending was amazing.....but then YOU are an amazing poet.....and I am happy for you having a wonderful step dad....
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Date: 12/26/2015 4:38:00 PM
Strong emotional memories. My dad left me before i was a child. The effects on me were very mild. Your pain was harsher than mine. I am very emotional about the dad i never knew now that i have children of my own. great poem
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Date: 12/20/2015 2:11:00 AM
Wow that hits a nerve. I just hope its not something you had to go through. Great write.
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Date: 2/10/2015 8:15:00 PM
Wow...raw, introspective (for me) this one stays in my hed rattlin' 'round...jmg
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Date: 2/4/2015 9:09:00 AM
This is a sad yet triumphant piece, demonstrating the resilience of the human spirit. If this is your personal experience I am so sorry for the loss of such an important relationship.
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Date: 8/2/2014 9:21:00 AM
A very inspirational poem, so well written very powerful
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Date: 7/16/2014 9:35:00 PM
welp. I must admit, I read this for all the wrong dirty reasons....LoL. AND, tho it wasn't about what I was hoping, it turned out being frikkin riveting and better than my perverted hopes and wishes! NOW, Whip up some uh dat New stuff for my selfish ass!
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Date: 6/15/2014 1:22:00 PM
HELLO FRIEND! i like this poem.its well written.
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Date: 6/4/2014 4:16:00 PM
The hardest part of not knowing is the not knowing. Whatever happens it build you into the person that you are, I've regretted how my parents handle their lives, then realizing it was their issues not mine, I am sorry to hear your broken home, but I hope your heart is stronger and no longer broken, hugs
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Date: 5/9/2014 5:35:00 PM
Great poem, one that reveals the hurt and pain innocent children suffer when parents part. Been there myself only daughter stayed with me refusing to live with her Mom. So sad our daughter had to choose but yes it was better that way! ADDED TO MY FAV...Because it touches my heart too.
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Date: 4/24/2014 2:17:00 PM
I love it, strong poem
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Date: 4/15/2014 11:03:00 AM
Great poem. Children suffer in as many ways as there are children affected. Then they grow up adapting, but with one leg always a little shorter than the other. You expressed it so well.
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Date: 4/9/2014 5:39:00 AM
this poem makes everyone to feel about every such child! Wishes Saba!
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Date: 4/3/2014 10:02:00 AM
I love the transformation in perspective from child to adult...that's just one of the reasons this poem is sooooo great!
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