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To Daddy, Love, Pain This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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i understand it was not my fault that you two separated

and it was not me who put myself on this earth, you had some part in it

was it me who made you leave forever?

because it was not me who made you want to stay

so you didn't



it was me who you held when i was younger

it was me who you taught to build snowmen

where are you now?



i try to act like i don't care

like it's not such a big deal if you are here or not

but it is

you will not be there to teach me how to drive

to tell me not to date until i am 21

to call me "daddy's little girl"

or to call me at all



will you be there on graduation?

who will fill your empty seat?

will you walk me down the aisle?

who will give me away?



maybe if i block you out of my mind

i can forget

i will forget your face

and the way that you smell



but my heart will always remember






This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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