To the father who doesn't know compassion.

by Poet on the Piano   Apr 26, 2017

A dog barks and wags its stump
of a tail when its master returns
after a 12-hour day...
yet you bark back with nothing
but rage in your throat.

I used to anticipate your arrival,
waiting to tell you the latest jokes
and show you all I learned at school.
Now, when the garage door rumbles
below me, I dread....

I stopped asking "why aren't you happy?"
when you stopped remembering
that yes, we share the same house,
though you still manage to ignore me.

I hold the dog in my arms once more,
retreating to our safe haven,
as you continue to steal dignity
from even the most innocent of hearts.


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  • 1 year ago

    by Em

    Hey, this resonates so much with me and I couldn't read this without commenting especially as I have written similar? things previously but when I try to write something it seems the word are lost in transmission and I come out with simple works such as 'please explain dad' or something along those lines.

    1/ This really hit me in the gut because I know exactly how it feels to be like that dog anticipating the arrival of the person you look up to only to be met with anger or abuse in some way and I think the worse anyone can go through is being ignored.

    2/ This is what I was talking about anticipating arrivals because we have stories to tell and want to hear about their day but what happens nothing, we're pushed to one side and seemingly forgotten about which is unfortunate as it happens so often to people all over the world.

    3/ Just tragic. I feel your pain.

    4/ Now you protect the vulnerable/innocent animal because I personally feel you yourself feel far from safe and happy and the words show this.

    All the best

  • 1 year ago

    by mossgirl19

    What a sad read...I can feel the dread and hate. Working too much is not really healthy. Relationships should not be compromised but it is what happens all the time. This is sad but beautifully told.

  • 1 year ago

    by Everlasting

    After a 12 hour day, anyone could become like that... the only thing I would want if I was working 12 hours everyday, it's peace. No sound. My bed. Wake up and eat. Lol (a shower too)

    I don't know the circumstances... or what's really going on... but I feel both sides.

  • 1 year ago

    by BlueJay

    So many people live their own versions of this piece and this piece really shows how much of a toll that can take on you (any single human being). Poignantly penned.

  • 1 year ago

    by Ren

    This hits very close to home for me, and makes me incredibly sad. Not only does the lack of communication and interest hurt, but that heart pounding fear of anticipation and dread when the garage door is can just about rip you to shreds. My heart goes out to you dear...I'm sorry this is something you have to deal with. It is truly a heartbreaking experience. Much love and peace to you, hon- and don't let his lack of interest or compassion ever make you feel like you don't matter. Cause you do! And even though he doesn't want to hear about the events going on in your life, they are still so very important, and there is somebody who does :) stay strong and keep your chin up!

    • 1 year ago

      by Poet on the Piano

      Appreciate it so much, Ren! I think I'm now to the point where I keep a fair distance. I can joke around with him but I guard my heart with the important things, if that makes sense. There are far greater things and people who I should share my story with. Love and peace back.

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