**This post was originally featured on one of our old websites, but we’re bringing it back for your reading pleasure.
There have been many fatherless children growing up over the course of time whether it be by choice or other unfortunate circumstances.
How many fathers come back in their child’s lives? Well check out this poem of a young man reuniting with his father for the first time since he was a child.
‘Why Daddy? – Growing Up Fatherless’
Daddy daddy where have you been?
I haven’t seen you since I was the age of ten
You abandoned us when we needed you way back when
A lot has changed in my life since then
I’m 30 years old now and all grown up
I’m not a rapper but it’s amazing how I’ve blown up
Where were you when we were broken and needed money?
Oh yeah I remember, you were existent like the Easter bunny
Where were you when I was going to school looking real bummy?
Why did you leave ma with that lump in her tummy?
Oh yeah I know, that was my little brother
He never knew you left him with a husband-less mother
Daddy you know I loved and missed you like no other
I felt like those children on TV with Sally Struthers
Why did you leave us at Christmas time without any toys?
Why didn’t you ever talk to my sister about boys?
You never visited, sent us letters or placed a simple phone call
You never even taught us how to swing a bat or throw a ball
Where were you when I graduated from high school?
Man you never even came and visited any of my schools
Where were you during all of my brothers’ basketball games
Fcuk you, I wish I never had your last name
It’s a shame that my mother had to take your place
It amazes me how she managed to keep a smile upon her face
I never knew what it was like to go camping or fishing
But I always knew what it was like to go on wishing
Wishing at nights you could just come on home
Wishing I had a daddy to call my own
Wishing you hadn’t left us holding out our hands
Wishing you could have taught me how to be a man
For years you never cared, so why should I even bother
Bet you didn’t know you are now a grandfather
Now you know how much of this family you dissed
Instead of me, I’m going to tell you how much of this family you’ve missed
You missed the birth of your first grandson
You missed how my nephew came out so handsome
You missed your youngest sons first words and steps
You missed the many nights mom sat there and wept
You missed your daughters special night and you couldn’t give her away
Don’t worry yourself though, you already did give her away
I won’t go any further for I’m not the one who should regret
I may be able to forgive, but I can never ever forget
So daddy daddy how have you been?
Maybe so many years won’t go by before we all see you again