Written by Yvonne Livingstone-Kania

 

I’m sorry you thought I didn’t care.

I had a chance while you were there.

It’s just that I was unaware.

I never saw you shed a tear.

 

I did not know you had been hurt

You always seemed fine to me

But when you said, “I feel like dirt.”

I sensed something I could not see.

 

There was a hole inside,

A wound for a life so alone.

Because someone could not abide

A sin for which you should atone.

 

Despite your pain you handled it well,

Met all the obligations that you bore.

You cared for me that I could tell

I just knew there had to be more.

 

Had you taught me what I know now

I could have tried harder,

I just didn’t know how.

We’d be much more than friends.

 

I washed you, dressed you, help you shave.

When we went out I helped you walk.

I helped you see things.

But through it all we did not talk.

 

If I could do it all again

I’d hug you at least twice a day.

I would try more to ease the pain.

“I love you,” is the least I’d say.

 

My memory of your last night

Is comfort for which I am glad.

I held your hand, time to aid your ‘flight’

I said, “You did a great job Dad.”

God bless and goodnight.

 

Text © Yvonne Livingstone-Kania

 

 

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