Abandonment Poem

This is poem I wrote when my father tried to come back into my life and "rescue" me when I was placed in foster care.

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My mom died from cancer, drugs, and an eating disorder. Then my dad abandoned me right after she died. He already had a new girlfriend while he was with my mom. He brought her to my mom's...

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The Girl You Left Behind

© more by Wendy Nikole

Published: December 2010

One day,
You walked out
Of my life,
Without saying a word
To your dear daughter,
A girl,
Who at once you smothered
With hugs and kisses,
Who at once you
Adored the ground she
Walked on,
Who you left behind
In the streets
To defend herself
Against monsters
Who were out to get her
As she roamed alone
Who suffered from sexual abuse,
Because you left her,
No thoughts of this young girl
She was left with alcohol
As a babysitter,
Who much rather drink to his death
Than see that this little girl
Needed help
She looked up to you
As a father
And you failed her
So badly,
You left her
In her nightmare
Of her mother and step father
Who too
Smothered her
With hugs and kisses
But also covered her
Black and blue
Who saw nothing
Of this child,
Who rather do drugs
Than to think
Of this lonely girl
You left behind,
Now eight years
Since you left me
I'm a haunted teenage girl
Who'd rather die
Than face the man
Who left her behind

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  • Mindy Montgomery by Mindy Montgomery
  • 3 years ago

My mom died from cancer, drugs, and an eating disorder. Then my dad abandoned me right after she died. He already had a new girlfriend while he was with my mom. He brought her to my mom's memorial, and I was so mad at him. He brought my older sister a birthday card a week after her birthday, and it only made me madder that he didn't know her birthday. I haven't seen him since then. He didn't call me or text me or even write a letter for my birthday 2 months after my sister's birthday. I still feel that it was my fault he left, but if I'm completely honest I didn't want him in our lives anymore. He tried to rape me when I was younger, so I quickly ran and called the police. I paid the price for calling the cops later that night. I was so afraid of him. I'm glad he is out of the picture now, but I still miss having a parent in my life.

  • Kat by Kat, Chicago
  • 6 years ago

This poem brings me so close to tears. Thank you for sharing it and bless the author and all who read this poem and who identify with its message.

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