Treasure Island

Debra Kay Robinson

(Sioux City, IA)

Daddy


I lost a love.

Sorting it out in the privacy of my silence
I remember—
Is it one I ever really had?

In judgment of life
Your words slashed deeply
Whose scars are visible only to me
Now the measure of my own personal convictions.

This feeling inside
I don't know what it means
An emptiness calling
Denied your consideration or reply.

I don't know what I've done
Or what I have to do
For all my thoughts, prayers, hopes and dreams
Never knowing…

Can't you love me anyway?

Remember daddy
No matter who I am
Or what I am
I am of you

If you don't love me
I won't know how to love.
If you don't love me
I won't know being loved.

© 1981

Submitted: Saturday, June 07, 2014
Edited: Saturday, June 14, 2014

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A girl's first love is daddy. Ultimately I know my father loved me, but his inability to say or show it has its consequences even to this day. Dad's take caution as your influence and examples reach much further than you may realize.

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