Love, Dad

Thomas W Case

When I think of my kids now,
I so much want to say things
that I know I won't,
like, please for your protection,
try not to feel too much.
If you can't help it,
you may find that
life comes at you like
a left hook...a broken doll,
a rotten tooth.
I'm sorry I failed you,
I would trade it all,
everything I own or ever
could possess, for your smiles,
and deep true laughter.
May you never know brutality
or ferocious things.
I'd rather you get
dog bit than hope and
feel heart sickness.
Find someone who holds
you tight and
doesn't let go.
The woods do in a pinch,
but they can't touch
you with flesh wrapped
bones that cherish your hearts.

My poor kids,
your crazy father loved you the
best he could.
Don't ever let anyone
kill your light;
always hold on;
there is beauty in the ride,
often too much.
You might feel like
a stranger or an alien,
it's supposed to be like that.
Often it feels like
a lump in your
throat that won't go down.

Wear sunglasses, they
help with the glare...the sharpness,
and remember,
some flowers are edible.

  • Author: Thomas W Case (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 26th, 2024 10:29
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  • Views: 26
  • Users favorite of this poem: Tom Dylan, Accidental Poet, Teddy.15.
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  • orchidee

    A fine write T.

  • Tom Dylan

    Really powerful poem, Thomas.

  • Accidental Poet

    A wonderful write Thomas, reminds me of my dad confessing to my sister and I some of his regrets. Very heartfelt. 👍

  • Neville

    say it like you mean it .. write it like the words will last for ever ..
    then be sure to get out fast ..

  • Teddy.15

    Oh Thomas this one hurts like a knife through my heart, my own father and I are nothing, he was never there for anything important in my life, I would say I love him but I never liked him... This is beautiful and as always I love your last lines they will stay in my mouth 💜

    • Thomas W Case

      You are lovely. Thank you.

    • Bella Shepard

      We want everything good, and wonderful, and beautiful in the world for our kids, and looking back we always feel we could have been more for them. We can't help but want a perfect life for them. Beautifully and lovingly written my friend!

    • Introverted Sage

      Heartfelt and powerful!

    • David Wakeling

      Some good fatherly advice here.Well done

    • John

      Very Sad, thoughtful, honest and heartfelt poem Thomas, admitting failure is a great quality.... your final line is so good, caps it beautifully.. great stuff buddy, you're the Best

    • 2781

      Tough for you and a challenge for them.
      Bit love covers a multitude of sin.

    • 2781

      Tough for you and a challenge for them.
      But love covers a multitude of sin.

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