An Ode to my Father

Back when I was just learning how to walk

When my mouth and my brain

Weren’t coordinating

When it was a pain

Trying to explain

To a bunch of grown ups

Who got fed up

Trying to understand

What I was saying

Hey, I barely knew how to talk

He was there

He understood


When I got a year older

I started running ‘round halls

Kick some balls

Bumped into walls

Got lost in malls

I burnt a lot of mileage

Caused a lot of damage

Earned a lot of red badges

of courage

As if falling down once was not enough

I felt tough

I was bolder and better

The world just got bigger and tougher

He was there


Fast forward to a troubled year

When everything was but smooth

Talk about a rebelling youth

Searching for a sign, a proof

The truth

I used to beg him to stay

But those troubled times I pushed him away

But he never quit


The terrible things I did

For the longest time,

I committed the vilest of crime

That is…to see only hurts of mine

I failed to see

That he

Was also hurting

I was way out of line,

And I kept it that way

I was mad, I felt trapped

I didn’t understand

Why I had

A deeply rooted rage,

With a range

From hate to spite

Nothing I did was right

He just looked at me

As long as he could possibly

Then hugged me.


Very tight

Telling me it’s all going to be all right

I cried

I was contrite

When I realized


The pain I caused you

I was hurt, but so were you

I was lost…you were too

At times when I was not there for you

But, still, you were there


You were always there for us, for me

You are always with us, with me

And always be


One thought on “An Ode to my Father

  1. kccruz says:

    Reblogged this on The Chameleon.

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