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?

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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