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I wake up to an unfamiliar surrounding
Your absence has changed everything
“You're not here daddy, you're out of sight”
“You’re not here daddy and nothing’s right”
I long to hear the sound of your voice
I'm stuck with a photo of you and no choice

I lye awake in the middle of the night
It's a nightmare struggling through this plight
I need a lullaby, a kiss goodnight
The happy memories I try to fight
Suddenly I smell your presence
And my happiness is immense
But this blissful feeling is ripped away
Today is just like every other day
As I realise it’s only your crisp white shirt I’m holding tight
A tear trickled down my cheek as I whispered “Goodnight”

Life without you continued this way
The pain eventually faded away
For years you were far from my touch
Your absence was not felt much
You left me as a child broken
I was grief-stricken with words unspoken
I don’t know who I am without you
I’m incomplete “daddy”, if only you knew
This empty void has been with me too long
When you came back into my life after so long
Having to carry on felt wrong
I won’t let you make me unhappy
Because you’re no longer my “daddy”

I continued to strive for happiness
On my pursuit of ending this emptiness
Unknowingly I searched for fatherly qualities in other men
I look back to see how reckless I was then
To them, I grew so emotionally attached
And this feeling I never wanted to dispatch
A father figure is what I was seeking
Without you there’s something missing
I’m constantly feeling inadequate even to this day
Love, Care & Support was all you had to pay
But you never bothered to be near
Not having you in my life caused me to veer
I find myself veering; I’m lost




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Nerd34 said...
Mar. 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm:
I really like this poem thought it was great. I can't relate but i can feel all your hard times.
 
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holly.nicole said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm:
wow this poem is amazing :O :)
 
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CarleeRobin12 said...
Feb. 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm:
This poem is amazing,  can't relate to it but I can feel the intense saddness and hardtimes you had to go through. If two words could sum this poem up, they would have to be "breath taking".
 
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Jessss said...
Feb. 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm:
Made me so sad.. :( You did a veryyy good job on this! I love this poem! :)
 
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manda315 said...
Feb. 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm:
I love this poem! My father walked out on me when I was 5 years old. The poem has so much life that it comes alive. I really hope your poetry carrer blooms like a flower.
 
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Katie16 said...
Jan. 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm:
I really love this poem. My dad walked out on me when I was six weeks. This is such an amazing poem, I love it!
 
lovetowrite22 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm :
i like this poem, i think it was very good. i especially liked the, "I lye awake in the middle of the night
It's a nightmare struggling through this plight
I need a lullaby, a kiss goodnight
The happy memories I try to fight
Suddenly I smell your presence
And my happiness is immense
But this blissful feeling is ripped away
Today is just like every other day
As I realise it’s only your crisp white shirt I’m holding tight
A tear trickled dow... (more »)
 
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Princesssdez said...
Jan. 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm:
i love this poem, becacuse i can 100% relate to this poem, i grew up w/o a father and now that im gettn to know him its hard to cope w/ tho at times.....
 
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Shminkanator5000 said...
Jan. 7, 2011 at 11:34 am:
This was so amazing! I felt simpathetic to the little girl, and as she grew you could tell how the pain never fully goes away, it just changes as time goes on. 5 stars! Check out some of my work? Thanks =)
 
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tiger29 said...
Jan. 7, 2011 at 10:15 am:
i love it... same thing happened to me when  i was 5...i was dieing in my heart that my own father left but i understand were your commin from:) good job!
 
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sweetangel92 said...
Dec. 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm:
wow this poem hit home for me i lost my dad in an early age so i can realate and the part when u said how the girl was serching for a father figure through other men its deffinatly me i guess ive been serching for a father figure all along just someone to hold me and give me security but anyway im rambleing lol ur a very good poet ur poem brok my heart. this is a deffinate fave of mine:)
 
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LaShay_25 said...
Dec. 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm:
This is exactly how I feel about my dad, I love him more than my mom even though he was never there for me.
 
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slr511 said...
Dec. 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm:
I enjoyed the use of descriptions and rhyme in the poem. The lines brought images in my mind while reading. These two lines spoke to me in a heart warming way  'I long to hear the sound of your voice"(L-5) but " I'm stuck with a photo of you and no choice." (L-6) The poem could use more examples on how the girl feels.
 
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just-a-joy said...
Nov. 24, 2010 at 11:52 am:
i feel exactlylike this after my dad leaft my family when i was little
 
Inlove4ever replied...
Dec. 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm :
same, my dad left and jst lives down the road! and it's anoying and because he hasn't been in my life, when he wants me there i say no!
 
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dancer0529 said...
Nov. 24, 2010 at 11:37 am:
This is really good!! When I was reading it, I had a tear in my eye
 
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Rulesofmyown said...
Nov. 24, 2010 at 10:49 am:
this is absolutely greatt!! i lovee it. it is so movingg. check out some of my work if u get the chance:) thanks..
 
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Jess said...
Jul. 15, 2010 at 8:12 am:
One word: WOW
 
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Paris x said...
Jul. 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm:
I can totaly relate to this on so many levels, honestly malia you're very gifted keep doing what you're dong ....
 
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love2runThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jun. 13, 2010 at 8:04 pm:
i can so so relate to this, it is so amazing!
 
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