Abandonment Poems

Abandonment Poems

Poems about Abandonment and Loss

Family is who we look to when we need help. We expect our parents to raise us, our grandparents to love us, and our brothers and sisters to always be there for us when the chips are down. They are our blood and we depend on that connection. When a family member doesn't live up to our expectations we feel abandoned. When a parent, grandparent or older brother or sister puts their needs in front of our own, we feel abandoned and alone. In such a case, we are likely to feel sad, alone and angry.

46 Poems from children about feelings of neglect

  1. 1. Innocence Lost

    • By Jennifer Harrison
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2015

    My name is Jennifer Harrison, a survivor of a domestic violence childhood. I was put into foster care at the age of 3 and passed around most of my life. It's hard to give your children stability when you haven't had it growing up. I'm doing the best I can to break the cycle of addiction and domestic violence in my own home. It starts with you, and I love myself enough to want more for myself and my children, to give them a chance at a life I never had until I believed I deserved it. "It's never too late to do the right thing." -Martin Luther King

    Poem About A Difficult Childhood

    I don't like it when people fight.
    My mom and dad do every night.
    I lie in bed and pretend to be asleep.
    My mom looks in; I don't make a peep.

    Sometimes I wish I didn't live here.
    I'm a little girl who only feels fear.
    When I go to school I put on a big smile.
    I pretend things are fine, and it works for a while.

    But there are days when I am very sad.
    When I've been called names and told that I'm bad,
    Then I keep to myself and hide my shame,
    For I don't really know who to blame.

    I'm scared to have friends come over to play.
    I never dare ask if my friends can stay,
    For I don't know when they will start.
    I'm just a little girl trying to be smart.

    The dishes breaking, the yelling, the shouting.
    Their fights are ever so mounting.
    I'm the innocent victim who feels rejected
    Instead of feeling loved and respected.

    But maybe if I wish really hard
    The memories will ease and I won't be scarred.
    When I awaken, maybe my wish will come true.
    Out with the old and in with the new.

    A new way of living for my parents and I.
    There'll be no more tears for the little girl to cry,
    But it's really hard on children to grow up like this.
    They'll look back on a childhood they really missed.

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  3. 2. A Lost Promise

    • By Jacqueline Uvalle
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    How many times must we read this heartbreaking story of a child growing up without a father?

    My Dad Abandoned Me Poem

    I am not the way I used to be.
    I am stronger and wiser, as you can see.
    Remember my words, my father said,
    As he cradled me up and laid me to bed.
    You will someday be a lady with a life of your own,
    With someone to love you as I have shown.
    I will always be here to lend a hand,
    To help you and guide you when you don't understand.
    Somehow I believed his words; I'd see
    He was not the father he promised to be.
    Instead, he was a man who did not care.
    My mother was my father because he was never there.
    I often cry myself to sleep;
    My father's love was not mine to keep.
    I miss my father, I won't lie.
    Not a single hug or one last goodbye.
    He is now a man free to roam,
    Not worrying of his family or coming home.
    He walked out of my life and never turned my way.
    Oh, why Daddy, why didn't you stay?

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  5. 3. The Shadow You Cast

    • By Reece Lennox
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 6, 2022

    I tend to just write how I feel, and hope that it makes sense and has an impact on someone.

    A Mother Leaving Her Son

    Dear mother of mine
    Was I ever worth your time?
    My fragile heart yearns for your unconditional love
    A feeling that I'm deprived of
    I was foolish to believe your white lies
    No longer am I a little boy
    With wool over his eyes
    To your pain I'm already numb
    The sad thing is
    The heartache is never done
    They say time heals everything
    But I don't believe that's true
    Because it never brought back you
    Never will I forget the past
    But I will step out from the shadow you cast

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  6. 4. What Did I Do?

    • By Krista N. Davis
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2017

    My name is Krista. For four years my mom and I have been raising my nieces: 7, 5, and 4. We see their heart ache knowing their mom doesn't choose to be around. This poem is a way to make a 7 year old voice be heard because we know this is how they feel sometimes. Thank you. I hope you enjoy!

    A Little Girl Trying To Understand Why Her Mom Left

    I wake up every morning to a sky so blue
    And wonder, what did I do?
    I sit in my classroom only to daydream about you.
    Wondering, what did I do?
    I often question, Could this be true?
    Still I wonder, what did I do?
    Why aren't you around to take me to the zoo?
    Don't you want to go there, too?
    Am I not good enough for you?
    I can barely sleep because of what you've put me through.
    So please tell me, Mama, what did I do?

    How about I tell you a thing or two?
    Because these words are long overdue.
    You might have bit off more than you can chew.
    Three girls without a mother because you don't know what to do!
    You'll be the sad one not knowing how I grew
    Or what I will amount to.

    So here's your chance.
    What will you do?
    It's time for a break through.
    Do you wish for a redo?
    Do you love me enough to?
    I hope you understand my point of view
    And finally asking yourself, what did I do?

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  7. 5. Daddy's Little Girl

    • By LaKandace Harris
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A girl cries out for the loss of her father who has left her life. All she wants is to be daddy's little girl.

    Broken promises and sad goodbyes,
    you left me standing all alone with tears in the well of my eyes.
    In the blink of an eye, you turned your back and walked away;
    often I wonder if I'm the reason you didn't stay.
    Every day I dream of how perfect my life would be if you were here.
    You could be my everlasting shield and protect me from all my fears.
    Or whenever I'm down you would hold me in your arms and wipe away my tears,
    But deep in my heart I know it will never be;
    that you would walk back into my life and never leave me.
    Birthdays, Graduations, Prom:
    you've missed it all.
    And it hurts so much because you didn't even bother to call.
    The truth is I need you here in my life.
    When I get married, I want you there to give me away to become a wife.
    And when I graduate, I want to see that look of satisfaction on your face.
    I don't want another man to take your place,
    For there's nothing I want more in this world than to just be daddy's little girl.

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  8. 6. What It's Like

    • By Alyssa
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2017

    I wasn't raised by a good mother and father. I raised myself. I'm a 14 year old girl, and things have been like this since I was 5. I was continuously in the middle of my parents' fights. Constantly moving and having to make new friends. I wrote this poem just recently, trying to describe how I feel now. It ended up being a letter to someone I never thought existed. Things are a lot worse than they are described. It's time for people to stop putting up with this in their lives. I'm starting now.

    Turning To God When Family Walks Away

    Do you know what it's like
    to feel so alone?
    No mom, no dad,
    no house to call a home.
    Nobody wants me,
    nobody cares.
    Everybody can see me,
    Everybody just stares.
    They know my life,
    But they don't know it all.
    I feel abandoned,
    and one day I'll fall.
    My dad was never here,
    didn't want me, no doubt.
    There was always fighting.
    Then he moved out.
    Dad hit Mom,
    Mom hit Dad.
    They are both twisted.
    Yes, things are bad.
    My mom was a drunk,
    a drug addict, too.
    Her boyfriend hit me,
    and out the door I flew.
    My life isn't perfect.
    It spirals down.
    I'll refuse to show fear
    when I move out of town.
    I need a way out,
    but there is no escape.
    God, if you're listening,
    is this really my fate?
    I don't know where I am.
    I'm lost and all alone.
    Can't you see me crying?
    My heart is torn.
    God, I need you.
    Can you give me a family,
    give me a home,
    someone who'll love me for me?
    I know it's a lot.
    I will thank you for this.
    I may not have a family,
    but you made up for it with friends.
    I love them all very much,
    but you know it has to end.
    Everyone says that you love me.
    Is that really true?
    Sometimes it doesn't seem like it.
    I wonder if I should love you, too.
    I don't know what I'm doing,
    who it is I am.
    I don't know anything anymore.
    It's all confusing.

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  9. 7. You're Not My Father

    • By Kristin K. Hudson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A girl vents her anger at her father who is not present in her life.

    Poem About Hatred Toward Father

    To have your last name
    makes me ill.
    You make me so angry
    I want to kill!

    I hate your voice
    and the thought of you.
    You were never there
    when I needed you!

    You're inconsiderate,
    you're a lazy slob.
    How could you do
    what you did to mom?

    It's like you don't
    even accept me.
    What kind of father
    can you be?

    You're stupid for thinking
    that I'd forgive
    what you did to me...to mom.
    How do you live?

    Do you regret?
    I hardly doubt.
    I bet that I'm
    the last thing you think about.

    Don't lie to me.
    I know I'm right.
    I don't want you
    in my sight!

    Stay where you are;
    don't bother.
    You're lousy - I hate you
    You're not my father!!

    But that's okay,
    you see,
    because I don't need
    your money!

    You've forgotten
    me before.
    Go ahead...do it
    some more!

    LOSER! JERK! - I hate you
    you're not my father,
    and guess what,
    I'm no longer
    your daughter!

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  10. 8. Dear Mom

    • By Jonah
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2017

    This poem is coming right from the heart. As a child, my mother had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which impacted my siblings and my life. There was constant upheaval and unstable lifestyles. I had to deal with being homeless, taking care of my 4 younger siblings, and moving around a lot (7 schools in 5 years). At the age of 13 my mom left us and forgot about her kids completely, leaving us to pick up the pieces.

    An Absent Mother Who Left Her Children

    Dear Mom,
    Have you forgotten?

    Sitting, waiting, hoping

    Where did you go, Mom?
    Did I do something wrong?

    Lost, lonely, sad

    Are you really gone, Mom?
    I waited...
    I'm with my grandparents now, Mom.
    I have a room now.
    Are you there, Mom?
    Can you hear me?

    Tired, crushed, defeated

    Started school again.
    It's my birthday, Mom!
    It's okay, I don't need a birthday card.

    Broken, lacking, sorrowful

    Broke an arm, Mom.
    Got a school solo.
    Are you happy?

    Undefined, sinking, heartbroken

    Went to prom, Mom.
    Had my first kiss!
    Do you miss us, Mom?

    Warped, torn, tangled

    You're really gone now.
    I'm moving on now, Mom.
    I miss you.

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  11. 9. My Feelings To You

    • By Katarina Alexa Arruda
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2007

    A daughter writes about how she feels towards her mom, who abandoned her when she was little.

    Abandoned By Mom Poem

    Behind your shadow,
    I stand and fall.
    It's a tough battle,
    In which I feel so small.
    My feelings toward you
    you might think are dumb.
    Sad, upset, confused,
    angry, hurt, and numb.
    When I needed a mom,
    you were not there
    to talk about boys
    or to fix my hair.
    Yes, you did call
    every once and a while,
    but an ocean of tears
    hides behind this smile.
    Tormented, trapped, and torn,
    my heart says I feel.
    Seven years after I was born
    my heart won't start to heal.
    I see other girls
    laugh with their moms,
    I go dizzy with swirls
    and crash like a bomb.
    The anger in me
    rages in fright.
    Always staying angry,
    I just think I might.
    Time heals everything;
    I don't think that's true.
    I know something
    time did not do.
    Time has been flying.
    For a long while
    I've always been trying
    to show a real smile.
    One thing that hurts,
    and I don't know why,
    you moved far away,
    and it makes me cry.
    When I think about this,
    to myself I lie.
    I've gotten over you,
    that I would not try.
    You are a mother,
    a mother of two,
    me and my brother.
    We hardly know you.
    Every night I think
    of how my life could've been.
    tears run down my face,
    and my world starts to spin.
    These past few years
    have been really hard.
    For the rest of my life
    I'll be severely scarred.
    It took me time to realize
    what you did to me.
    Tears in my eyes,
    and you're clueless it seems.
    I try to be brave,
    it really hurts.
    You could've stayed,
    instead of making it worse.
    I want you to know this.
    It's sad but it's true;
    you hurt your little girl
    and your little boy too!
    You ruined me,
    you made me cry,
    you really hurt me,
    and to laugh I try.
    There is a hole in my heart
    the doctors don't see.
    I guess they don't know
    what my mommy did to me.
    If you want me back,
    you have to prove
    you can be a mom
    to me and Andre, too!
    When I screamed for you,
    did you hear a sound?
    I guess you didn't,
    because you were never around.
    I will tell you something
    you cannot forget.
    Once you hurt your kids,
    it will soon come to regret.

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  12. 10. Missing You Can't Go On

    • By Laura Schoolcraft
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A girl chooses to cut off her feelings for her mother in the hope that her pain will go away as well.

    Poem About Cutting Off Feelings

    Where have you gone?
    My heart beats faster and faster every time I say your name.
    Did you ever love me?
    Do you love me now?
    I think of you day in and day out, and
    Yet you are so far away.
    I don't know what to think anymore.
    Once I believed in my heart you were someone I could love forever.
    I can't love you anymore.
    The pain is so deep
    That every time I think of you,
    My heart is stabbed once again.
    It feels like thousands upon thousands of knives stabbing me in the heart.
    I can't go on like this anymore.
    I can't go on missing you so much that it jeopardizes my happiness.
    I want to run and be free from all the hurt you have caused me.
    This is my last and final goodbye to the person I thought I could love for the rest of my life.
    I am sorry.
    But missing you can't go on.
    Goodbye, Mommy.

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  13. 11. A Story In The Stanzas (Daddy, Daddy)

    • By Leigh Robertson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2011

    This is a poem based on what I felt when I was eleven years old and my parents divorced. It was devastating for me, and it took me a couple of years to finally accept it. But this is based on what I felt back then and how I felt when my father moved out.

    He broke me when I was eleven years old
    I knew no worse pain
    I know the truths of the lies he told
    I nearly went insane

    He moved out and lived with her
    Where he remains to this day
    I miss the way we once were
    Before he moved away

    I lost all of my respect
    And my confidence
    I just wish I could forget
    I've built myself a fence

    The world was a dreary place
    For my eleven year-old eyes
    Tears would always run down my face
    Like rain from the skies

    I hung my head in utter sorrow
    As I end my fifth grade year
    Knowing I won't see him tomorrow
    Was enough to bring on tears

    Daddy, Daddy please come back
    Mommy's crying and I am too
    Daddy, Daddy, pick up the slack
    I don't know what else to do

    Daddy, Daddy I miss you so
    Please don't let me see
    Daddy, Daddy, please don't go
    Daddy you abandoned me

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  14. 12. Despite All Fault

    • By Tasha S. Smith
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A letter from daughter to father, pleading with him to be in her life.

    Poem About Loving Father Even If He Doesn't Visit

    Sometimes I wonder if you even care,
    because when I need you, you aren't there.

    No matter how much I want to hate you, I can't;
    Momma won't let me 'cause nobody's a saint.

    I know you could be a good father if you really tried;
    so, stop, think about it; listen to the tears I've cried.

    Tears that could so easily be wiped away
    and replaced with love sure to stay.

    Listen, no one can take your place,
    even if they had your same face.

    I've grown to love you despite all fault,
    and that love I will keep within my heart.

    Don't be afraid;
    my love has never strayed.

    I need you a lot,
    more than you ever thought.

    And remember, I love you despite all fault.

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  15. 13. Father, You Weren't There So I Cried

    • By Brittany M. Boyer
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A father is not in his daughter's life for all her important life events. She aches for his presence. She finally gets a chance to talk to him when he isn't talking back.

    Father, today I was born.
    As I look at the faces of all the doctors, nurses, and my mother,
    You weren't there. I cried.

    Father, today is my first day of the third grade.
    My grandparents and mother and sister hug me and say good luck.
    You weren't there. I cried

    Father, today I'm up getting my diploma.
    As they call my name and I walk up and look in the audience
    And my family and friends cheer,
    You weren't there. I cried.

    Father, today I get married to the love of my life.
    As we say our vows and kiss and turn to our family and friends,
    You weren't there. I cried.

    Father, today I had my first child.
    As I hold her and everyone is gathered around me,
    And my husband hugs us,
    You weren't there I cried.

    Father, today we lay you to rest.
    We stand around your grave and keep our heads bowed.
    As my family leaves, I lay a rose on your grave
    And get on my knees and talk to you.
    You're finally there to listen to me and be there, but still I cried.

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  16. 14. Dad....It's Christmas

    • By Louise
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2008

    This is dedicated to my dad, whom I haven't seen in 5 or 6-ish years. Just because it's nearly Christmas xx

    Poem About Wanting Dad Home For Christmas

    Every year when Christmas arrives
    I cry because you're not here
    I want you to come home to me
    I pray this every year

    I remember the last Christmas
    I spent with you that year
    We had so much fun and food
    And you were so very near

    But now you've gone somewhere
    And you haven't yet come back
    It'll be Christmas again soon
    Please come and find me, Dad

    I often look out the window
    Wondering where you are
    Picturing you in front of me
    Remembering every scratch and scar

    So please make me a promise
    And don't break it or I'll be sad
    Please promise me just one thing
    That you'll come home for Christmas, Dad

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  17. 15. A Grieving Daughter

    This poem is to give every hurting little girl confirmation that no matter what you've been told or have been through your heavenly FATHER will always love you.

    Poem About a Mother Hating a Child

    She told her daughter she hated her and wished she was never born.
    She didn't even seem to care that the child's heart was torn.
    She blamed child for all of her heartache and pain.
    Did she realize emotional abuse can drive a child insane.
    She said her child was the reason she never achieved her dreams.
    Those words hurt her child more than to her they may have seemed.
    All her daughter wanted was her love and her affection.
    But all she ever got was her mother's constant rejection,
    Feeling like a lost child with no one to love.
    She prayed to be taken away to the heavens above,
    Not knowing why she just wasn't good enough.
    Why, when she needed gentleness, was she treated so rough.
    Wondering why her existence caused her mother so much pain,
    Longing for her mother's love she probably would never gain.
    Wanting her mother to tell her she was a blessing,
    That she was not the reason for her mother's stressing.
    If there is a little girl out there that feels this way,
    Just know you are one of GOD's Angels, and he loves you more each day.

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  18. 16. Dad

    • By Jacqueline M. Smith
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A child who yearns endlessly and in vain for her father's love.

    Poem About Needing Father's Love

    All those times I cried for you, you never came
    Out of all the sports I played
    You never showed up at one game
    All of the awards I received
    I never heard you clap
    You were never there
    For me to sit on your lap
    All the times I fell
    and scratched my knee
    You were the one who wasn't there
    To comfort me
    All those times I was bored
    And wanted someone to call
    You still weren't there
    Not there at all
    I always tried to make you proud
    Hoping you would love me more
    but you never seemed to care
    So what did I even do it for
    You weren't there for any of my firsts
    Might not be for any of my lasts
    It's like you're not here in my present
    Just like you weren't there in my past
    I try to move on
    But no one knows how hard it is
    For your own father not to love you
    As much as he loves his other kids
    But I hold my head high
    To keep things from looking so bad
    But deep down I still wish
    I had love from my dad

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  19. 17. Closure

    • By Nicole M. Connolly
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Her father was not in her life as she grew up, and because of that she suffered. However, she has finally achieved some closure and found happiness in spite of the trauma.

    Poem About Accepting Father Leaving

    How could you have left
    I was only a young girl
    I needed your help
    I didn't know much of this world
    You said that you loved me
    You said that you cared
    But once you were gone
    I was so very scared

    So many things we could have done differently
    Things we could have fixed
    Most of which
    By just one simple kiss

    You used to be my hero
    You used to be a dad
    But after you were gone
    I found things out
    Things that were pretty bad

    You're gone now
    And you're not coming back
    You know that I love you
    But I just have to know
    If you got a second chance
    Would you still go

    For a while I blamed you
    For a while I blamed me
    But now that I am older
    I can finally see
    That it's never been a fault
    And it's never been a fee
    Yes, you're gone
    And yes, I miss you
    But I've finally found happiness
    In which to life it is the key

    Poem About Accepting Father Leaving, Closure

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  20. 18. Daddy Wasn't There

    • By Deven T. Smith
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Mom you were there for everything in my life but daddy wasn't.

    Poem Thanking Mom For Being There

    You were there when I needed you
    to catch me if I'd fall
    But daddy didn't love me
    he didn't care at all

    When I was sick, you cured me
    made sure I was ok
    but daddy never did that
    because he went away

    you put me in this life
    and were always there for me
    but daddy wasn't there
    it was hard for him to see

    I was tucked into bed
    and was kissed good-night
    but daddy was never there
    to turn off the light

    you held me close to you
    every time I fell
    But daddy didn't crack
    he stayed inside his shell

    so thank you mom, for being there
    even if daddy's away
    I'm always here to be with you
    because I know you're here to stay

    I love you, mom, with all my heart,
    so please don't leave my side
    don't turn into daddy,
    because daddy lied

    I will always be your helper,
    I will always be your friend
    just let me know
    that your mother's comfort will never end

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  21. 19. Guilt

    • By Jessica Laughary
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A girl's journey to come to terms with her father's life decisions.

    Poem About Father Not Being Involved

    Promises stitched carefully
    Like an old worn out quilt
    sewn only to soothe
    all your mountains of guilt

    You'll never quite know
    about that empty scorn
    'cause you weren't around
    when my daughter was born

    You flew us to see you
    You weren't at the gate
    by the time you showed up
    I thought-Too little to late

    It took some time
    to warm up to the thought
    that this man was my dad
    Who hoped love could be bought

    I'm not saying,
    that I loved you any less
    it was wondering if you really still cared
    That I was left just to guess

    I wanted to forgive you
    In hopes that you'd see
    that left back in your shadows
    was a broken, unwanted me

    I was left with an image
    of a girl on daddy's lap
    That would one day grow up
    to take another man's crap

    You missed a few birthdays,
    A Christmas or two
    But what really went missing
    was the father in you

    You were always distracted
    when we talked on the phone,
    I was part of that old life,
    you wish went unknown

    Yes, you are my father
    that now I don't know
    The time keeps ticking,
    as your Granddaughters grow

    You keep running away,
    keep turning your head
    Oblivious to all the tears
    on my bed that I've shed

    I'll stay left behind
    in the life that wasn't good enough for you,
    Yes, you are my father
    Just not the one that I knew

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  22. 20. What Happened To Us?

    • By Kai
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008

    I got the inspiration to write the poem from my step mom. when I first met her we had a great relationship. but then everything went down hill b/c I started lying to her and not telling her anything. she started to loose trust. so this is for my step mom, I'm sorry and I love.

    What happened to us?
    to our love and devotion?
    our love that could fill the many oceans

    We used to laugh
    and only cry when we laughed to hard
    we used to go shopping with Dad's credit card

    What happened to us?
    to our relationship?
    when you would give me a funny tip?

    Where did the love go?
    down the drain?
    away with the snow?

    Or is it still there
    if it is then where?
    can you show me?

    I miss our love
    but most of all I miss you.

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