Justin Reamer

Freshman - 967 Points (2 October 1993 / Holland, Michigan)

The Inquisition - Poem by Justin Reamer

Father, Father, where have you been?
Where have you been in the last ten years?
Where have you gone when you were not seen?
Where were you when we shed our tears?
Father, you are a mystery,
For all I know you never come for cheer,
Maybe it's your apathy,
But you are never here.
You were hardly ever home, from what I remember,
My memory serves me well,
And so you cannot deny anything I can tell.
You left ten years ago, moody as can be,
You would never return unless it was for pleasure.
You were always absent from what I can remember.
You never really gave a damn about the impact on others,
You never really cared about the people you ever really hurt.
Now, I question you, a decade later, for now I am wise,
And you cannot throw me off, because I know you like a weasel.
Where were you father, when my sister came into the world?
Where were you when my Aunt Gail died?
Where were you when I started school for the first time?
Where were you when you never listened to my troubles?
Where were you when Elyse performed on stage?
Where were you when Mom was hurt and crying?
Where were you when Sean was very angry?
Where were you when Stef was sad and lonely?
Where were you when I received school's pressure?
Where were you when Elyse had read for pleasure?
Where were you when Elyse won the poetry contest?
Where were you when I was picked on constantly?
Where were you when Mom was sad and hurt?
Where were you when Sean had started school?
Where were you when I had started Boy Scouts?
Where were you when I raced in Pinecar Derby?
Where were you when I was sad and lonely?
When I was so depressed that I felt so stonely?
Where were you when I was lonely?
Where were you when I was picked on constantly?
Where were you when Elyse had her ordeals?
Where were you when Sean was constantly in a bad mood?
Where were you when I went through a vendetta?
Where were you when I was picked on by the entire school?
Where were you when Elyse was molested?
Where were you when I went on stage?
Where were you when the Robot took 13th place?
Where were you when Elyse was announced a National Merit Scholar?
Where were you when Sean played football?
Where were you when Stef got her $1K scholarship?
Where were you when Elyse was inducted into the NHS?
Where were you when I was inducted into NHS?
Where were you when Elyse was valedictorian?
Where were you when Elyse won a $40K scholarship?
Where were you when Elyse was first chair in the flute section of Symphony
Band?
Where were you when Elyse won a poetry contest?
Where were you when Elyse took PATH?
Where were you when Elyse took the stage?
Where were you when Elyse played in the pit?
Where were you when Elyse played in HAYO?
Where were you when Sean and I won 13th place in the state in WOSO?
Where were you when we all ran track?
Where were you when Sean made his first lay-up?
Where were you when I scored my first goal?
Where were you when Sean scored his first touchdown?
Where were you when we received our First Communions?
Where were you when I received my Confirmation?
Where were you when Sean broke a record in track?
Where were you when we learned to swim?
Where were you when I tried to take my life?
Where were you when I received my Eagle Award?
Where were you when Elyse got special recognition?
Father, father, you disappoint me,
You are never present,
You are never here,
You do not ever care,
Even with a winding steer.
Why are you never here?
Why do you not care?
Every time you disappear,
There is a feeling that is sad.
Why should I ever be happy?
If you can never make me glad?


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012



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