My Children

By DP

Daddy is here for you and it might not be in the flesh
I pray everyday life will offer you its best
You might can’t see me but I know you feel my presence
Love has no boundary and my love is endless
Take my comfort and use it as your shield
My children, loving is the only way my aching heart will heal
Searching for the right words to ease my hurt
I cherish the day I witness your birth.
Don’t ever think I ran away
Daddy obligated to a debt that he must pay
I hold on dearly to your first steps and very 1st words “Dad Dad”
I wish I could hug you so our souls could merge
Sorry for my absence so please don’t be mad
I carry you in my heart now that’s a father bag
Gotta make up and fill in the blanks
Just a little stumbling block got in the way

15 Comments

  1. Lindy Brandt on February 28, 2024 at 10:08 PM

    Hello DP,
    Whoa, what a poem of connection and regret. Beautiful to pray “life will offer you its best.” You are with your children, heart and soul, despite the stumbling block that got in the way. This is a poem and a prayer. Thank you for sharing yourself.
    Lindy

  2. Garrett on February 29, 2024 at 9:08 PM

    Hi there, DP,
    I think it’s every parent’s nightmare to be separated from their child no matter the circumstance. A very powerful message here can really feel the pain and regret you’re going through. My prayers to you brother and I’m sure that you’ll try and be the best Dad when you return.
    Sincerely, Garrett, GR

  3. Erica L on March 6, 2024 at 2:08 PM

    HI DP,
    Thank you for sharing your raw words and feelings. When I read your poem I felt connected to one of my favorite quotes that goes “what to do with all this pain? Wash it clean with love.” I feel like your words conveyed this- that you feel the ache of missing your children but you are choosing to help wash that pain by continuing to love them the best you can right now. That is admirable. Thank you for sharing
    Erica

  4. Victoria on March 16, 2024 at 9:41 AM

    Hello DP,
    Reading this poem, you can just feel the strong connection you have to your children. My main emotion reading this poem was bittersweet. You love, care, think deeply, and miss your children (the sweet part for me) but at the same time you mentioned you are paying off a debt (the bitter part). You are doing the best you can for your children at the moment I can see that in your words. I hope your children feel it in their hearts. Thank you for opening up.

  5. Cordelia on March 20, 2024 at 4:53 PM

    Hi DP,

    Thank you for sharing this. I found it to be powerful when I realized you do not yet have children, but are already thinking of them and feeling this love. I am proud of you for feeling love and not anger, and that exact attitude and mindset is what will make you a great father.

  6. Sierra on March 23, 2024 at 11:07 PM

    Hello DP,
    this poem really touched my heart. I was lingering on every word, and I could feel your hurt and the love you carry with you. It made me feel joy, and sadness, and hurt, and I was left wanting the best for you and your family. I admire the care and love you have for your children, and there will never be the right words for missing them as they are a part of you. As you said it, love has no boundary and it is endless. There were many lines that struck me, such as “Just a little stumbling block that got in the way”. It left my heart feeling a little empty. I may not know your life or your struggles, but the piece of you that you left here with us is beautifully written and we can feel your emotions and your passion. Thank you for this poem, and I admire your transparency and strength to write this.

  7. Maddix Smith on April 8, 2024 at 3:29 PM

    Hi DP! This poem is beautiful! Love truly has no bounds and is endless no matter the circumstance. I can truly feel the love you have for your children radiating from this poem, and I’m sure they feel your love as well. I can’t begin to understand the pain your experiencing that is caused from being away from you children. Thank you so much for sharing your feelings and work, this is truly incredible.
    Maddix

  8. Kaylee on April 20, 2024 at 7:51 AM

    Hi DP,

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. This poem made me tear up a little. Sometimes it is very hard to get strong emotions out of a poem, but you did just that. You can feel how much you wish you could see them and be with them. I. love the line, “Don’t ever think I ran away, Daddy obligated to a debt that he must pay.” I can feel this so heavily. Thank you for sharing this.

    Kaylee

  9. Caris on May 1, 2024 at 12:46 AM

    This poem was full of such deep emotion and devotion, and I feel like I can really understand your struggles through this. Thank you for sharing such a vulnerable part of you. Keep going, using your love as fuel to make it through.

  10. Alyssa on May 3, 2024 at 1:02 PM

    It is amazing to be able to feel the emotion behind the poem. It can be hard to admit that you regret something but being able to admit it and make a change in yourself is a great accomplishment. Recognize mistakes and move forward. Keep pushing for your children.

  11. Brooks on May 6, 2024 at 2:11 PM

    Dear DP,
    I’m sure your kid misses and loves you so much. Praying is going to get you a long way. One day you’ll be able to find your kid again, always have hope. God always has a plan, no matter what. Wishing you the best of luck.

  12. Rose on May 6, 2024 at 2:14 PM

    This poem made me feel everything going through this person and how it is effecting their family and friends.

  13. Mackenna Moon on May 14, 2024 at 5:49 PM

    DP,

    Thank you so much for sharing your poem, it is beautifully written. Your emotion and care for your kids does not go unnoticed through your words. Thank you for sharing your raw emotions. The fact that you are putting in so much effort to make sure your kids know your love is there and will never fade is admirable. Your kids are lucky to have you as their parent.

    -MM

  14. Olivia on May 14, 2024 at 5:49 PM

    DP, you so clearly care for your children in a way that every man should care for their kids. Your children are blessed to have the role model you are in their lives. I can tell through your words, that one day they will tell their kids about the man who gave them the love that shielded them from other’s pain.

  15. Cadie on June 5, 2024 at 10:02 AM

    This poem is deeply touching and beautifully captures the love and commitment of a parent, despite physical separation. The imagery of love transcending boundaries and serving as a shield is both powerful and heartwarming! Longing to be present for your children and your determination to make amends shines through and leaves a lasting impression of resilience and unconditional love.

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