Dear Eddy

Dear Eddy,

The other day, your Facebook status read: Absent fathers lose their daughters. It struck me as a very poetic line, so as I was journaling that night, I decided to see how many four-line verses I could write, beginning with this line, that would reveal something about what is really at stake for young women and their absent fathers. Here’s what I’ve come up with. Note: These are not to be read in succession, but as individual thoughts.

Absent fathers lose their daughters;

Daughters cling to all they have,

hoping they will come back home

and grow, somehow, into Dads

Absent fathers lose their daughters;

Daughters search for what is lost;

Dads go off to “find themselves,”

and lose what matters most.

Absent fathers lose their daughters;

Daughters never understand

how to fill the emptiness

that echoes deep within.

Absent fathers lose their daughters;

Daughters lose their innocence;

Reality will lose its way, til

she’s shackled by unconfidence.

Absent fathers lose their daughters;

Daughters hate what they become–

always striving to be more,

and yet, are never quite enough.

Absent fathers lose their daughters;

Daughters never lose the past.

Broken hearts may mend somehow,

but broken spirits last.

Absent fathers lose their daughters;

Daughters lose their absent dads;

Men can live with their regrets, but

daughters take what love they can.

So there’s what I’ve written. If anybody else has a verse, feel free to post it as a comment.

Pax Christi.

semmie.

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