Father’s Day



What is a father?
As a child, I never knew that
A father could be anything other
Than a figure to be afraid of,
A man that stank of danger, whiskey and

Who’d fall asleep mid conversation
And disappear for months on end.
A father was someone who’d beat on the

front door and come flying in
All fists and rage,
And he’d be greeted with the same
Upon his arrival.
A father was someone I knew I was

supposed to love
And I think I did for a while,
But loved turned to disappointment,

anger, guilt and resentment
Because although this was all I knew of a

Somewhere within me I knew this wasn’t

So what is a father?
Someone who provides?
Someone who shows you how,
Or how not to…
I’ve known many fathers since them days,
So I know now what a father should be
Yet I will continue in this life never really

What a father should be to me…
But I’m not saddened anymore.
Not all parents deserve to be parents,
Not all children deserve their

I am me because of me,
Not because of the failings of my parents
But because I know love and compassion
Where they did not.
I am a mother and father to myself,
I am my own grandparents, my own

aunties and uncles,
All I have achieved is of my making
And I’m proud of how I’ve turned out

against all odds.
Happy Father’s Day Dad,
Even though you were never really a dad

at all,
I forgive you…


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I’m a writer and musician

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