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Life Without Daddy

A life without Daddy

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This poem is by far the saddest and most heart wrenching one I have ever read. I've cried over many stories and readings in the past, but this one punched me right in the gut and made me...

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Daddy Are You There?

© Sara

Published on December 2007

Daddy, is that you, in that coffin fast asleep?
Is that you daddy?
The same person that made mummy weep?
Why are they lowering you into the ground?
Come back up!
Where it's safe and sound!
Daddy, it's been a week.
Why haven't you tucked me into bed?
You'll never miss a bedtime story.
At least that's what you said.
Daddy, I'm going into kindergarten! I'm a big kid now!
Daddy, Mummy said we can get a kitty and the kitty said meow!
Daddy, I asked Mummy when you are coming back.
She said that I'll see you in heaven!
Hey, did I tell you?
My birthday's next week!
I'm going to be seven!
Daddy, I know now you're dead.
I miss you a lot.
At night, sometimes I even cry.
Daddy, I'm in sixth grade now! Junior High!
Daddy, I have a crush and he's really cute.
Was Mum ever hot?
Did she really play the flute?
Dad, I'm going to college now, I hope you like Yale.
I'm going to be a doctor, helping people to prevail.
Dad, guess what? I'm marrying Scott.
Oh and I'm pregnant! Eight months is a lot!
Hey, Dad it's a boy.
Jack is so cute.
Is it just me or am I that unappealing?
Dad, Scott wants a divorce. Does he know what I'm feeling?
Jack's going off to college today.
Dad, it'll be just me now that Jack's away.
Dad, I've got cancer, the same kind as yours.
Chemotherapy is draining, and of course there's no cure.
Dad, I think I'll see you again in a short while.
But at least my life was very worthwhile.
People can't say you were never here for me.
Dad, 'cause you were here my whole life,
when I needed you in my heart you would be.


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  • by Jade
  • 2 years ago

Wow this poem made me cry! This decker will mark the forth year without my dad. He passed away when I was 12. I'm about to turn 15 in a few days and I'm getting a tattoo dedicated to him. I miss him more and more every day. I'm struggling with suicide and depression too. It's really hard but I can do it, my dad was the greatest man I knew and I wished he was here the see how I've changed. I never got to say goodbye. And I regret that. I just want to hug him and say I live you and goodbye.... But I can't. All I can do is remember.


  • by Richard, Canada
  • 7 months ago

This poem is by far the saddest and most heart wrenching one I have ever read.

I've cried over many stories and readings in the past, but this one punched me right in the gut and made me feel it 100% - i'm still not clear eyed and it's been 15 minutes since I read it.

My father passed three years ago on the 14th Oct, but this poem is written from a young daughter's perspective.

I have a young daughter (23) - I imagined it being her writing this poem about me, and how devastated she would be.

It's made me believe I am more important to my daughter than I ever believed.

I'm not very good with rattling on so i'll end it here - thank you for this incredible poem - I think it will stay with me for the rest of my days.


  • by Valorie, Montgomery
  • 2 years ago

I lost my father 20 years ago. I still feel the pain even now. He was not only my father, he was also my very best friend. I thank God daily for the opportunity to have such a wonderful man in my life. He lived for 7 years on the dialysis machine. After a while his heart just gave out. I hated losing him. Knowing that he was not in any more pain makes it a little easier to let him go. This is why my father is gone, but never, ever forgotten. I know he is still keeping a watchful eye on his daughter from up above.


  • by Bert, Davao City
  • 4 years ago

Reading this poem and your stories really made me feel sad. I am 22 now and I have not seen my father for 12 years now and I have so much to ask and things to tell him. I wanted to tell him I forgave him in everything and wish that he's happy with the life he chose.
Now I realized that I am still lucky because he's only away, not dead and I still have chance to see him again. God bless you all!


  • by Katelynn, Texas
  • 4 years ago

My dad died in a car wreck in 2008 I was only nine and he was looking forward to my birthday which was only a few days away I miss him so much and I cry every day I only knew him for 3 years of my life.....


  • by Taylor, Hollywood
  • 5 years ago

This poem touched my heart....even thought I haven't lost my dad yet... But I have lost my grandfathers that was the hardest thing. I had three and not a signal one today. I hope it takes awhile for my father to die cuz really I want him to walk me down the aisle. BUT THE POEM WAS VERY MOVING...IT MADE ME CRY!:,(


  • by Sam Sawyer, Petaluma
  • 5 years ago

My dad died about a week ago. Two weeks before my wedding. Thanks for writing this, helps me get through the day.


  • by Yasmine, Michigan
  • 5 years ago

My dad died a few months ago. I didn't see him for about 7 yrs because my mom left us and he couldn't "handle" us so he left too. He was my bestfriend and everyday he would tell us "I'm never gonna leave you" until he did leave us.... And then 7 yrs later I find out he's dead. It doesn't matter to me though, I thought he was dead a long time ago.


  • by Courtney Brooks
  • 5 years ago

this poem remind me so much of my dad. he died but I'm growing strong. helping my brother get through it. but I still cry a lot missing him. I just wish I had the chance to say goodbye but he died. I love him and no one can ever replace him.


  • by Stacey
  • 5 years ago

My dad passed away in a car wreck in 2002. My brother and uncle were in the wreck and ended up crippled. God blessed them, they are able to walk and such again.. I miss my dad so much and at times its soooooooooo hard to go on knowing he's gone.. but I think of the life I had, I was born in 1991.. I'm 19 now....... so.. I was young when it happened.. but I look back everyday and thank God for what he blesses me with everyday.. my dad would want me to pray everynight like I do and keep going and being strong as I can.


  • by Rhiannon
  • 6 years ago

My step mom died last year of cancer she was my beat friend, my life, my shoulder to cry on, my everything and I'm only 13 years old she left me to be reminded of her everytime I look at my brothers and sister.
I miss her so much


  • by Becky, Wales
  • 6 years ago

Wow!! Hunny this poem was amazing.. it really did touch me its coming up to 2 years since my dad died and the thought still leaves a knot in my stomach.. this poem left tears in my eyes.. really touches the heart. HUGE HUGS


  • by Azzig
  • 6 years ago

I lost my father when I was 9...he had a heart I'm 18 and I miss him like hell :s this poem made me cry


  • by haley
  • 6 years ago

That poem was very moving I even cried.


  • by sofi
  • 6 years ago

I lost my dad last year to cancer. He died in me and my mom hands. She also happens to have cancer. Every day with her makes me wonder how things are hard for her and I get scared when things may go down hill for her as well.


  • by deb
  • 7 years ago

I lost my father 17 yrs ago, but I still talk to him daily, this poem is just like my conversations with my dad. he's missed so much physically, but in my heart, he's always there.


  • by Latasha Huffman
  • 7 years ago

My dad died this year on September 20, some kid I know shot my father I loved my dad more than anything and I miss him very much I wish he could come back! your poem really touched my heart!


  • by Michele Howington
  • 7 years ago

My children just lost their Daddy-dink to cancer, and this poem, just touched my heart in so many ways. I really like it.


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