Father Poem

In this poem, a girl acknowledges her father's financial support for her, but she says that in order for him to earn the title Dad, he needs to be there more than just financially.

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Father, Not Dad


Published: February 2006

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

You gave a paycheck and
Watched me grow up from afar.
Saw that I became a young woman,
Saw me make my own decisions.

You gave me money for college and
Watched from the sidelines as I entered.
Saw me graduate,
Saw me move on.

You gave your blessings and
Watched me get married.
Saw me move,
Saw me start a family.

Throughout all this
You never listened,
You drank way too much,
You were never really there.
You never cared what was important.
You treated outsiders better than family.
You were never really a Dad.
You were just a father.


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