It was only yesterday that l
held you in my arms
singing the lullabies to you
showing all the love and
affections that you needed.
Yesterday remains to me days that
l still cherish and wish they had not gone
every moment of those days are still fresh
in my memory banks and would never be formatted.
My today has been without you
and the tears and sorrows
follow me like a dog on lead.
my days have not been the same
because no one has been able to
welcome me home the way you did.
Each day l still see your smile on
every young girl of your age
urging me to hold you with the hugs
we used to share long ago.
Delali, l am not a bad father
we have had to live this way
because the world has its own
ways, different from the way we
want them to go.
That is why l look at my tomorrows
with some hope that you would
forgive me for all the pains that
l have made you gone through.
It was not only your pain, we share it
because l have cried out on pillows
wishing you were next door to
cry out for me when the nightmares
wake you up in the middle of the night.
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.