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Hard Times Poem

The hardships of life can leave us tired and jaded but we can always bounce back with new found vigor.

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© Jessica A. Edwards

Published: Feb 2006

When Daddy Went Away

When Daddy went away-
I saw my Mommy cry, the tears ran down her face, she looked like she would die.

When Daddy went away-
He filled his suitcase up, bent down to say goodbye but wouldn't pick me up.

When Daddy went away-
He walked out of the door and didn't turn around to look at us once more.

When Daddy came back home-
He showed us his new wife, he gave us all a hug and walked back in my life.

When Daddy came back home-
In boots, fatigues and might- he wisked my love away and gave a hopeful light.

When Daddy came back home-
None of us could see, the pain he felt for leaving us: My brother sister and me.

When Daddy went away again-
He was getting his life straight. Money, drugs and alcohol made him wake up late.

When Daddy went away again-
He left his second wife, he got away from drugs and stuff then married a new life.

When Daddy went away again-
He found what he had lost; his heart, his soul, his youthfulness; that once I thought he'd tossed.

When Daddy came back home again-
He took us out to play. He laughed, he loved, he smiled again every July day.

When Daddy came back home again-
In boots, fatigues and heart. He showed us he was always there and that he'd never part.

When Daddy went away once more-
It wasn't by his choice. The country told him now to go and that he had no voice.

When Daddy went away once more-
I'm the one who cried, my life had finally been so good and I thought to me he lied.

When Daddy went away once more-
I'm glad he wasn't hurt, with bombs and bullets everywhere he ran and "hit the dirt."

When Daddy came back home once more-
He held my half grown hand. Though ever tired and very worn, because of him I'll stand.

Now I'm the one who's gone away-
And left his life so void, I'm growing up and he can't see it's nothing to avoid.

Now I'm the one who's gone away-
And made my Mommy cry. Her first born child's a big girl now and thinks she'll never die.

Now I'm the one who

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