Abandonment Poem

Poem About Father Missing Moments In Daughter's Life

I will have a father daughter dance, a dad to stand up and cheer for me, or a dad to protect me. But I do have a father, and if a father is just someone who buys you Christmas gifts but can't even remember your name, then yeah, I have a great one.

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© Jackie

July 2009

A Stupid Father Daughter Dance

I do not need a stupid father daughter dance,
all I need is a chance.

A chance to tell you that I love you,
a chance to wish that you would love me too.

You are my father but not my dad,
you remind me of the Dad I want but have never had.

All I need is a day,
a day for you to listen to what I have to say.

I thought writing this would be quite easy,
but I have just begun and I am feeling queasy.

Where were you when I said my first word?
Where were you when I turned to the Lord?

Where were you when I jumped off the high dive?
Where were you when I needed a high five?

Where were you when grandpa and grandma died?
Where were you all the times I have cried?

Why weren't you there on my birthday?
Why weren't you there to hear what I had to say?

You were always there for my sister, why weren't you there for me?
I know a Dad isn't an easy thing to be.

But you could have at least tried,
you could have wiped away my tears the many times I have cried.

Most of the times I have cried were because of you,
most of the dreams I have had are that you'd love me too.

When I look in the mirror all I see are your blue eyes staring back at me,
I think of things that I wish you'd be.

I don't care about how well you're doing at work,
because being a dad should be your job.

I do not need a stupid father daughter dance,
all I need is a chance.

A chance to tell you that I love you,
a chance to wish that you would love me too.

Maybe someday we will bump into one another,
and we probably won't even know each other.

Maybe then we will get the chance,
the chance to talk,

maybe someday we will even have a father daughter dance,
maybe we could just go for a walk?

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  • by Kat Vondracek
  • 3 months ago

This is powerful and reminds me how blessed I am to have a dad who is always there for me and I now have a husband who is there for our children, as well. I really feel for people who do not have that bond with one or both parents. I hope that you can build a relationship with your father, Jackie, and that you will one day have the type of bond you would want with him at some point.

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  • by wandy
  • 6 years ago

That was a very beautiful poem Jackie, My daughter who's 13 also has a invisible father that what she calls him she only seen him twice and it breaks my heart every year when her school celebrate father daughter dance and make this whole big deal about it,,,,,,, I wish schools would take in consideration that not all kids have a dad or a mom and would just celebrate a family member dance rather than a parent dance it would make all kids feel a bit better :)

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  • by Kat Vondracek
  • 3 months ago

I think that's a great idea about calling it a family member dance, Wandy. When I was teaching, I would try to be sensitive to children who lived with only one or sometimes with neither of their biological parents, or who perhaps lived with a grandparent or a guardian. We can't always be 100% sensitive to everyone's unique family situation, but we can try when it comes to school communications and activities. That's a good point.

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