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How can you live when the best part of you dies? Where do you draw strength when your sole source of strength is taken from you?

This poem explores the loss of my father and the impact it had on my life. Even now, 6 years later, I can't seem to grasp the straws together to make my life whole again. Every day I fight with an enemy I cannot see. The one thing my father never taught me how to do.

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woahhhh. THIS POEM IS LIKE TOTALLY AWESSOMMEEE! i wish i could write like this
i love this poem. i know what ur going through. my dad died when i was 10 years old. i am now 16. i was his baby girl. but i think this is a teriffic poem and u should be proud of urself. this poem is very touching. i give it a perfect 10.
This poem is one of my favorite poems. It touched me a lot and a lot of what this boy in this poem is going through with not haveing a father, I am too, and i will for the rest of my life. Not cause he's dead but because he never bothered. Point is i liked it so much because i have so much in common with it. You have so much talent!
This is one of the best poems I've ever read, amazing job. Very touching, shows how much you loved your dad. Really sorry about your loss by the way, dont know how it feels but Im sure its hard.

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Please, Dad

As soft winds sweep away the days
I look back on life through a haze.
Remember playgrounds, parks and friends,
In childlike gaze that never ends.
The laughter in a game of catch,
Shall memory ever attach...
To innocence in youthful eyes,
Catching the ball to Dad's surprise.

I recall my first bike, first wreck,
Who picked me up, said, "What the heck?"
Convinced me to give one more try,
While, knees skinned, I forgot to cry.
Just the joy knowing he was there,
Making him proud my only care.
There was nothing I couldn't do,
My heart held fast that to be true.

Though teenage years were kind of rough,
I sure wasn't too big or tough.
You taught me to defend what's right
And never back down from a fight.
So I learned the hard way to stand,
Still, with each lump, I found your hand.
Drawing from you an inner strength,
And stubborn pride of equal length.

But there the line of fate was drawn,
As though I blinked and you were gone.
I found myself facing the sun,
Not man, not boy, fatherless, one.
Eyes blinded by a void inside,
I could not live that you had died.
Alas finding it to be true,
I could do nothing without you.

Please, Dad, today just hear my call,
I'm sorry that I dropped the ball.
My life is wrecked, my knees are skinned,
My emotions undisciplined.
I can't get up although I try,
Please don't be upset if I cry.
Though I can't fight what I can't see,
Please, Dad, say you're still proud of me.

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This is a realy good poem
this peom was so touching i could almost feel what was down inside me , i could hear the voice calling out to me, i think this peom was so amazing its a pitty that it was trew, im sorry for the lost of u.
wow that is the best poem that i have read in a long time and that made me think of my dad i dont see him anymore but just the thought of not seeing him and makes me want to call him and tell him how much i love him i am sorry for your lost of your dad keep your head up everything will be ok
my father just passed away not a month ago. at the age of 16, i am away from home at a school. i did not find out until the funeral was already over. "as though i blinked and you were gone". i did all those things. the bike, the game of catch. but i also did so much more. this poem really touched me and i love it. it is sweetly said and the only emotion in it is the sadness. i cant find any anger and that is awesome. thank you. dori
sidra ali
reasson is very near to reality i also loss my father one and half year back. imiss him so very much he'll be not with me in my any happy moments and i will always miss him till the day when i met my death.
Hey this poem is so great, I am so giving this to my dad!
This is an amazing poem! I cried reading it, you've made me respec my dad alot more. I'd love to hear more of ya poems.
I wish you happiness in the future.
That was a really beautiful and heartfelt poem. And the rhyming was wonderful. I'm still crying. Beautifully done.
i liked this poem very much, although my father has not died he is no longer in my life making it hard for me. i like this poem.
this poem is very touching. it made me think of my relationship with my own dad. i almost cryed when i read this. its sweet
this is a very gd poem it mede me think
i loved this poem. i can relate to it alot, my dad died when i was 3 and this poem is sad but so true.
I loved the poem. It really touched me because I understood. In a lot of ways it well describes the battles I'm going through with my own family at the moment.
that was a very sweet poem and you did a VERY good jobs keep ^ the goo dwork ~kaley~
I love it, it made me cry, we lost our dad 7 months ago, and that is how I feel.
i lost my dad a year ago and i sit and wright poems and i thought that it was realy nice
Excellent, just excellent. I couldn't stop my tears. thanks for speaking my heart's voice for which I was not finding the words till I read this poem.
youre poem is really nice. i have just started to write poems too. I am sorry that you lost youre dad. and i feel youre pain, i haven't lost a parent but my life is at a point where i feel very lost, and sad. hope youre poem get the best on it . good luck.
very deep man. made me feel stuff
i love this poem and even though i've never actually mourned for anyone i still loved it and i did cry this poem is amazing im sorry about your loss and you seem like a very brave person my best wishes sincerely someone you dont know
I'm really glad your Dad was so good to me. My dad wasn't but if I became a dad, I would try to be like your Dad
This poem really touched me and almost brought me to tears. it is sad but very meaningful. I liked it very much
Wow! this poem said everything about a dad that u Love and pass away. I keep a copy and read it when I need to. God Bless.
Laura L
Out of words! I lost my Dad 8 years ago and the pain of not having him around still as strong as ever. Thanks for share your writing talent with others. Layci
This poem hit home I lost my father 6 months ago, and i feel the same way
felt the pain the author had gone through made me cry too
This is one of the most heart felt poems i've read in a while. It's Almost as if i am feeling your emotion through the poem. Good work
i wish i could tell my father this but in childhood life i never knew my father he was there but there was no comunication at all and i feel as if he hates me and i love him so for i dont know why.
this poem touched my heart greatly. i have lost my dad 2yrs ago amd have lost my husband just 3 months ago and our son and daughter lost thier dad. ican imagine this is how they feel.
I feel the same loss from a daughter's point of view. It has been over 21months my father passed away and still I don't know how to live without him.
this poem makes me think about my dad who i lost so many years ago, it really relates to the stuff me and him did together before he died!
it was beautiful iv just started writing poetry and well thats one of the best poems iv ever heard. I used to wish my father just wouldnt return home from work have an acident on his way home but it was those younger years that really counted and well i suppose u dont realise what you have till its gone i love this poem!
I loved your poem so much. I too lost my father almost 4 years ago. When I came across your poem I cried for what seemed like minutes. I only got to share 10 years of my life with him and then I got to thinking how he wouldn't be there for my graduation or wedding or anything like that but your poem was a good reminder of all the good times we had together. I just wanted to take a minute to tell you that your poem was great and I loved it. Best wishes!
i love this poem! im not feeling good because my dad has to get tested for cancer i really miss my boyfriend and two of my good friends just broke up. thanx for the poem
hi you really did a good job on this poem it really did toch my heart
This pome really brought a tear to my eye it inspired me to write one about my daddy and mummy they are still hear with me i wrote to say how much i care for them i am just so sorry to hear about your loss and i am postive that your daddy is very proud of you x
I love this poem as it reminds me of when my dad died when I was only four, he died from a heart attach, I am now 13 years old and I was looking for a poem to put on my web site that touches you in the heart and this poem definately did. Katie
Mary Lou Joan
this is the best poem i have read. i swear with God as my witness, i will hug my father as tight as i could. because of it, i will cherish every moment in my life with my family especially with my father. thanks a lot to the author
i know what you are going through. This poems exactly describes me and what i went through. I put this on my myspace if you dont mind.
My dad past away when i was 10 so i feel your pain this poem is amazing and though so simple it means so much inside. sorry about your loss :( great poem
Wow, This is a wonderful Poem. I lost my Father 9 months ago and I worte a peom for the way I felt for him and I dont really write peoms but I really like your peom alot as well. thanks for sharing your peom with everyone else to read. very very nice Poem
hey michael your poem is awsome i felt so much in it i still have my dad but it makes you think what you have we take things for granet we dont know what we have until we lose it i am really sorry about your dad keep your chin up and think of the happy times you had with him
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