Loss of Father Poem

Poem For A Deceased Stepdad

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

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My mother Bettina died this spring 2017. I expected Jack, my stepdad, 13 years younger than my mom, to be around to father me. But no sooner was Mom gone, Jack died unexpectedly - I think of...

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Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

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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  • Jennifer Wolff by Jennifer Wolff
  • 5 years ago

My mother Bettina died this spring 2017. I expected Jack, my stepdad, 13 years younger than my mom, to be around to father me. But no sooner was Mom gone, Jack died unexpectedly - I think of a broken heart. I couldn't say goodbye. I'm disabled and so poor I can't inherit money - it just reduces my benefits. My much older "real" Dad also died. My parents divorced, so he couldn't be a father to us. We emailed / skyped. My brothers could fly to California, but I don't drive or have airfare. Dad left money to the 3 kids from his first marriage. But my stepmom hired a law firm to nullify his will & put his money in a 'trust' for her grandchildren. Since we're all around 60 years old, I guess she felt we didn't need it. I'm grateful. It would've been wasted on me. It's sad my only living parent is a Chinese stepmom who finds writing English difficult. I feel alone.

  • J.D. by J.D.
  • 5 years ago

I was....am...a step-father to three. I raised them since they were small. I sacrificed having my own children so they could have a proper home. They are grown now, their mother since passed away. Since that time, I have very little contact with two of them, the third not as much. I always feared when the time came they would abandon me in favor of their natural father, who had very little to do with their raising. I hope someday they will show me their love and appreciation by sending me a poem...

  • Monica Jade by Monica Jade
  • 9 years ago

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.

  • Mary L by Mary L
  • 3 years ago

I'm so sorry, honey. We laid my stepdad to rest yesterday. We laid my Dad to rest 8 years ago. To have gone through this twice is truly surreal. May God give you peace and comfort in your heart.

  • JoAnna by JoAnna
  • 13 years ago

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.

  • Amber by Amber
  • 14 years ago

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!

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