Logo Jerry Ham

Listmates, for the past couple of weeks I have been watching my mother cry because she can't find her daddy. It is hard to take, even though at the same time I am glad that she can't remember what kind of monster he really was. But I think that this poem says what I've been going through.


Daddy, where are you? Why aren't you here?
Her voice is anxious, her eyes filled with fear.
Mama, where's Daddy? I want to know.
Where is my daddy? Where did he go?
She's a lost little girl, and she seems so alone.
In a sad soft voice, she sits here and moans.
I watch with a pain that grabs at my heart,
Being a caregiver sometimes tears me apart.
Mama, your daddy has gone far away.
I'm sure you will see him one of these days.
How can I tell her that her father is dead?
She would not understand a thing that I said.
The world that she's in, is one without hope.
And I often wonder, how can she cope?
Her memory's tortured, her voice filled with pain.
She asks for her daddy again and again.
There's naught I can do for this mother I love.
I ask for His grace and strength from above.
She ask once again, her face streaked with tears,
Daddy, where are you? Why aren't you here?

© 1999, Jerry Ham

e-mail: Jerry.Ham@werner-saumweber.de

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