Chelsea Petty

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A drama director and teacher in a small Southern town, she wrote this poem during that first few months of college after leaving home for the first time. It reflects the feelings of a teenager who feels out of place. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts minoring in Secondary Education from Rockford College in Rockford, IL. She is the founder and director of Rebuilding the Ruins, a ... more »

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Dear Distant Dad

Lately the words that I hear,
They sever and hurt my ears.
They cut through my heart
And pierce my soul.
Vulgarity poisons my spirit
And sharpens the twisting knife.
These words that harm me
Come from one I hoped loved me.
For years I have not known you
Nor have you known me.
Through pictures, looks were exchanged.
Through sporadic phone calls,
Voices were understood.
This was the extent of our relationship.
You, the distant Disneyland dad.
Me, the far away child-no-more.
I don't understand why you say what you say.
Do you mean to hurt me ...

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