Strained Father-Child Relationships

21 Strained Father-Child Poems

Some father-child relationships are strained or tense. Wounds exist that create frustration, anger, and distance.

  1. Last Chance

    • By Stefanie
    • Published: August 2008
    Poem To Dad From Angry Daughter

    in Father Child Poems

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    My heart aches, Dad,
    For the things you won't do.
    My soul breaks, Dad,
    For all that we've been through.

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    My dad is a substance abuser. He is abusive physically, emotionally and mentally in every possible way imagine. Since I could remember he has degraded my mum, my brothers and me. My mum...

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  3. My Wish For Freedom

    • By Casy M. Dulin
    • Published: February 2006

    in Father Child Poems

    Daddy left when I was one year old.
    He needed to work some things out, or that's what I was told.
    He came and left a few times,
    Always the same excuses and lies.

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    • Rating 4.34
  4. Daddy

    • By Monique
    • Published: March 2008
    Absent Father

    in Father Poems

    It seems like only yesterday
    You wiped away my tears
    As I called your name
    To fight away my fears.

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    Dear Father,
    On this day I have nothing to look back at and reminisce. My memories of you are few. I can count on my fingers the times I have seen you, less than that the times we have...

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  6. Through His Eyes

    • By Morgan Piper
    • Published: February 2008
    Divorced And Missing Father

    in Father Poems

    As I peered into the eyes of the man I knew to be my dad,
    I saw nothing.
    No honor, no strength,
    No humanity, no compassion.

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    • Rating 4.28
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    That same thing happen to me but my parnets were never married. My Dad did the same thing

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  7. Does My Daddy Love Me?

    • By Eboni Richardson
    • Published: February 2006

    in Father Poems

    Does my daddy love me when he doesn't talk to me?
    Does my daddy love me when he doesn't spend time with me?
    Does my daddy love me when he doesn't make me feel special?
    Does my daddy love me when he doesn't call me see how I'm doing?

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    • Rating 4.08
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    My Dad sometimes doesn't seem to even care about me. He hasn't chosen to be in my life or my brother and sisters lives for many years. When he was he hurt my brother and made fun of my...

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  8. To My Dad

    in Father Poems

    I wonder what it's like
    to not put up a fight
    with someone you're supposed to love so dearly
    and get some sleep at night.

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    I can really understand this poem I'm 14 and everytime me and my dad talked we would end up yelling at each other and the conversation would end with him hitting me or kicking me to the...

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  10. Betrayal

    • By Mitsuko Paul
    • Published: July 2008
    Not Trusting Father

    in Father Child Poems

    We trusted you with all our hearts,
    Just to find that you didn't care.
    No more lies, no more cries.
    It's all over; there's no more time.

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    • Rating 3.95
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    For years I felt I wasn't good enough for you, you only made me cry. Why were you always angry at me dad? All I did was try. I wanted to make you proud with the things I accomplished but...

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  11. Father, Not Dad

    • By Janet L. Peterman
    • Published: February 2006

    in Father Poems

    You gave me life and
    Watched me come into this world,
    Saw me grow up,
    Saw me fall.

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    • Votes 30
    • Rating 3.83
  12. I'm Sorry...Dad

    • By Shayla Pearl H.
    • Published: April 2015
    Poem About My Feelings Towards My Father

    in Dad Poems by Teens

    I'm sorry you missed the day I came home.
    I'm sorry you left my Mum all alone.
    I'm sorry you missed the first time I walked.
    And I'm sorry you missed the first time I talked.

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    My dad left the house when I was 5 years old and he told me that he would never be coming back. I remember he told me to go to back to bed. When I woke up in the morning he was gone. I felt...

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  13. Broken

    Poem About Father Breaking Daughter's Spirit

    in Dad Poems by Teens

    You broke my trust for you
    Just as you broke your promises
    You broke my love for you
    Just as you can break a twig...

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    I can relate. My Dad is an alcoholic and he has crushed my heart. He has broken me beyond repair.

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  14. Daddy's Little Girl

    • By Emma R. Sims
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About Growing Up Without A Father

    in Dad Poems by Teens

    By Emma Sims
    Age:12

    I wish, I wish I was daddy's little girl,...

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    I'm 13 years old. I have a dad, but I want him to be with me. We talk on the phone and we say we love each other. But I want him here in my life. I want him to be on my side when my mom...

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  15. Broken Hearted Daughter

    • By Tarryn Miller
    • Published: June 2014
    Poem About a Strained Relationship with Father

    in Dad Poems by Teens

    Photographs of you holding me in your arms,
    You protected me from any kind of harm,
    You influenced me to play guitar,
    I was always your number one rock star....

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    • Favorited 7
    • Votes 67
    • Rating 4.36
  16. Where Were You Daddy

    • By Angela
    • Published: October 2011
    Poem From A Hurt Daughter

    in Dad Poems by Teens

    where were you when I was all alone
    why weren't you here after I begged you to come home
    how could you leave me here by myself, you were all I had
    I had enough people to hurt me...

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    • Rating 4.34
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    I don't see you, Daddy. Why do you hurt me so much? I'm always sad. Why, Daddy, why? My heart hurts.

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  17. Long Time Gone

    • By Nicole Mezzapelle
    • Published: February 2006
    Daddy Tell Me You Love Me Poem

    in Dad Poems by Teens

    How long has it been since you wrapped me
    in those strong and tough arms of yours?
    How long are you gonna wait
    to tell me that you are proud of me?...

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    • Stories 2
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    • Votes 123
    • Rating 4.29
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    Thank you for writing this. When my dad first left I thought no one would understand how I feel about my dad he was my hero when I was young now he is gone and it feels like he doesn't love...

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  18. Hey Daddy, Please Come Back

    • By Jesse-Ryan G. Debenport
    • Published: February 2006

    in Father Poems

    Hey Daddy,

    There are a couple of things I think you missed
    So write this down, make a little list.

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    This poem was a major speaker of my feelings toward my father who at this time is not present in my life. I resent him for all the emotional and physical abuse, but I often catch myself...

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  19. Only If You Knew, Dad?

    • By Frankie R. Remond
    • Published: February 2006
    Plea For Love

    in Father Poems

    Dad,
    Why won't you listen to me?
    Please hear my silent plea you so often ignore.
    Why can't you see my pain?

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    • Rating 4.28
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    I grew up with my dad by my side he was my everything but when I was 7 it all changed he left me for another girl. When I was supposed to be his pride and joy my life went to hell I raised...

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  20. Regret

    • By Andrew Karalis
    • Published: February 2006

    in Father Poems

    My only regret is tomorrow,
    for the past is full of sorrow.
    I don't know how, or why, or even when,
    but it probably occurred to me when you turned ten.

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    • Rating 4.24
  21. Daddy Never Came Around

    • By TIFFANY J. HARLOW
    • Published: February 2006

    in Father Child Poems

    I saw you once when I was two.
    I remember it so vividly, as if the memory was new.
    It would have meant so much to me
    if you would have come around.

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    • Rating 3.97
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    Dear Writer,
    It's very touchy as I am a father forcefully separated from a loving daughter almost one and a half year ago when my child was about 2 and a half. I am not able to forget her...

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  22. My Daddy's A Stranger

    • By Aly
    • Published: January 2009

    in Father Poems

    Looking back to when you use to be the #1 Daddy,
    you would give me piggyback rides,
    give me candy whenever mommy wasn't looking,
    read me stories before tucking me into bed,

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    • Votes 24
    • Rating 3.83
  23. If Only

    • By Amber J. Bozile
    • Published: February 2006

    in Father Poems

    If only you were there to stand by me,
    to be there when I cry,
    to see me when I leave.
    If only you were there to be right by my side,

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    • Rating 3.74

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