Father Death Poem

Her stepfather is gone but he has left her lessons to live by.

Stepdad

© Hayley L. Benjamin
It was so dark and cold that night.
That's when they had another fight.
And as I lay upon my bed,
loud screams of hatred filled my head.
A look of dread engulfed my face.
And how I wished to leave that place.

The door slammed shut and out he went.
But with him all my love I sent.
And as his headlights raced away,
I thought he would be back some day.
My longing for him soon did grow.
That he was gone for good, I did not know.

He left our lives, twas bittersweet.
I know no more we'll ever meet.
No longer will he make me laugh.
Without him here, my soul is half.
No warm, calm smiles and gentle touch
of that dad I loved so much.
Although he was just my step dad,
my days with him, the best I've had.

I was so sad after he went.
More time with him I wish I'd spent.
Although I miss him in my heart,
in ways it's best we had to part.
He told me that at times to grieve.
But when you're down, you must believe.
Your family may be far away,
but way deep down, they're here to stay. He taught me that even though they're gone, when someone leaves, you must stay strong.
Although you lose someone who's dear,
it doesn't mean the end is here.

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Published: Feb 2006

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  • First. thank you so much your writing this. This poem is amazing. it reminds me of my life when I was about 10 in am 16 now and I always think about my step father and I miss him very much, he was there for me when my own father was not. my parents were fighting and before I knew it he was gone and after he left he got in trouble and went to jail. my mom found someone new. I guess what ever make her happy work. but I would give anything to have my dad( stepdad (I call him my dad)) back in my life. I miss him so much. and once again THANK YOU!

    Amber Submitted Dec 2008
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  • Wow, this is beautiful. I have a 6 year old daughter from a previous relationship. I got w/ my current boyfriend 5 yrs ago and he has known her practically her whole life I don't know what I'd do if we were to part ways knowing that she has grown so fond of him. She see's him as her own father.

    JoAnna Submitted Apr 2009
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  • My mother had me when she was 16 and my father at the age of 18 became addicted to heroin. I only saw him once every other week he rarely had a job and often lived with other druggies. I was once subjected by his so called "friends" and was sexually abused at the age of 5 at the same age my mom meet my step dad Chris. I evidently disliked him for reasons I still do not know they planned to get married once she got pregnant with my brother they often argued aggressively and most of the time it got highly abusive. When I turned 7 my father overdosed and died on a Monday morning. I am now 14 and my step dad has just passed I miss him so much and the hardest thing about this is that this is the second time that this has happened.

    Monica Jade Submitted 6/25/2013
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