Dear 'Dad' - Poem by Ashley Stone
Couldn't you see what you were doing
All the pain you were causing
Not just for her but for all of us
How many times did we cry ourselves to sleep
Did you even notice?
Where was the love?
It had to be there at some time
Why would you marry someone you hated sooo much
Or did you just love her too much?
Did you think you'd love her to death?
Or just pretty close to it
Because the girl you married died a long time ago
The very first time you raised your hand to strike her
You should have waved goodbye to her innocence
Those are bruises that never heal
Didn't you see it?
Didn't you care?
Maybe you thought you should love her tell it hurts
I guessed you loved us all then
Because you didn't stop until we all were hurt
Six broken children
Wallowing in grief
Each left with a unique disability
A lack of love
or maybe all of the above
Some turned to the bottle others to the books
A quest for perfection or determined for destruction
We all became royally screwed up
And I just want to say
The daughter you'll never see
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