All He Wanted
Author: Clive B Ringshall


Not long ago you told me Iím to old,
From birth he was no good for you,
All through school he would never do,
These words you gave as your parting gift,
Youíll never do good,
So to please you he followed your words true,

He made his life without your support,
He made his mistake along the way,
To this day his mistakes he learned well,
To this day your mistakes still follow strong,

A family you had,
And you had it all,
Children boys all three,
You left them once then twice became three,
Are you running away from those that you made?
They reach out at times when they thought you would be,
A father nothing more is all that they needed,
Three now are grown,
You missed out on them,
Now grandchildren are five that you abandoned,
Do you not see the joy that you miss?
Do you not want a family?
No phone calls or e-mails unless you want,

He now no longer wants to try for your love,
Acceptance was needed and you pushed him away,
Not lectures in life when youíre still looking for yours,
So now you are on your own,
No children to call your very own,
No children to be proud of,
Tell me how does it feel?
To have another turn their back on you?

------- Author's Notes -------

A few weeks ago a boy told me his story,
As I listened and read I had tears rolling down my face,
To put into words they way I do not write,
I tried and he smiled even though he still loves the one who ran away.


Comments on this poem/writing:

J Freedom Long ( -- Thursday, December 16 2004, 10:36 pm

A Heart Tugger

Thanks for another moving poem is heart tugger since I've been greatly blessed with a high quality of constant love between myself and a son, three daughters and now four grandsons to love and spoil....very sad when a father misses that priceless gift of growing a family..thanks for reminding me of my gift when my daughters call me Dad warms my heart..another good one as all of your poems are..much enjoyed...Jerry
Clive ( -- Thursday, December 16 2004, 10:51 pm

Yor too kind

Thank You Jerry so much for each warm word you write onthis cold topic of love astrey
Terrie* ( -- Friday, December 17 2004, 06:38 pm

Clive,this broke my heart...

Your words are great Luv, i remember hearing these famous words ..."Any male can BECOME a FATHER...But it takes a SPECIAL PERSON to BE a DAD" or "STEP"....
same goes for a female..MOTHER/MOM.."STEP"
thanx for sharing your i gotta go try to repair mine.....
Clive ( -- Friday, December 17 2004, 07:30 pm

Not Broke

Terrie you need not repair yours, your heart is strong full of love and although at times frustration may fall in, you have the love to keep it at bay,
Thank you for your kind words
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