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Daddy I Miss You

September 4, 2009
By Malia BRONZE, Birmingham, Other
Malia BRONZE, Birmingham, Other
3 articles 0 photos 8 comments

I wake up to an unfamiliar surrounding
Your absence has changed everything
“You're not here daddy, you're out of sight”
“You’re not here daddy and nothing’s right”
I long to hear the sound of your voice
I'm stuck with a photo of you and no choice

I lye awake in the middle of the night
It's a nightmare struggling through this plight
I need a lullaby, a kiss goodnight
The happy memories I try to fight
Suddenly I smell your presence
And my happiness is immense
But this blissful feeling is ripped away
Today is just like every other day
As I realise it’s only your crisp white shirt I’m holding tight
A tear trickled down my cheek as I whispered “Goodnight”

Life without you continued this way
The pain eventually faded away
For years you were far from my touch
Your absence was not felt much
You left me as a child broken
I was grief-stricken with words unspoken
I don’t know who I am without you
I’m incomplete “daddy”, if only you knew
This empty void has been with me too long
When you came back into my life after so long
Having to carry on felt wrong
I won’t let you make me unhappy
Because you’re no longer my “daddy”

I continued to strive for happiness
On my pursuit of ending this emptiness
Unknowingly I searched for fatherly qualities in other men
I look back to see how reckless I was then
To them, I grew so emotionally attached
And this feeling I never wanted to dispatch
A father figure is what I was seeking
Without you there’s something missing
I’m constantly feeling inadequate even to this day
Love, Care & Support was all you had to pay
But you never bothered to be near
Not having you in my life caused me to veer
I find myself veering; I’m lost

The author's comments:
This poem is about a helpless four year old girl who longs for her father's presence after he walks out on her. Then as the poem progresses it shifts forward into the present tense where she has kept strong without having a father figure and escalates into deep anger when her feelings towards her father fluctuate intensely.

I wrote this through my personal experience of how not having a father figure affected me at times. There comes a point in your life when you're reminded that you're missing that one parent and it hits you hard. No matter how many mistakes they’ve made and no matter how much they have hurt you. You wish they could change.

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on Nov. 4 2015 at 1:05 pm
CassieToups16 BRONZE, Plaquemine, Louisiana
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“Daddy I Miss You” describes exactly what I went through as a child and still currently going through. I relate to this poem extremely well because, I miss my father also.

on Aug. 31 2012 at 10:05 am
MarieAntoinette2014 DIAMOND, Scottsburg, Indiana
54 articles 2 photos 237 comments

Favorite Quote:
Isn't it ironic? We ignore the ones who adore us, adore the ones who ignore us, love the ones who hurt us, and hurt the ones that love us.

Your poem mirrors exactly what I'm going through and it brought me to tears. I'm someone's brave enough to write what I'm to afraid to.

Nessa13 GOLD said...
on Aug. 23 2012 at 9:23 am
Nessa13 GOLD, Charlestown, Indiana
18 articles 0 photos 109 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love, but never fall in love, because things that fall get broken"
-Taylor Swift

OML!! I loved this poem!!! It was amazing!!!!!!!!!! Please keep writting , you are an amazing writer!!   Ps...please check out some of my stuff!!!!

on Jun. 18 2012 at 8:36 pm
TMarie42 SILVER, Orland, California
7 articles 0 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
Pulvis et umbra sumus.

I can very easily relate to this, having lost a "dad" and a "step dad" myself. Very great poem. It spoke to me.

Iyaya said...
on Jun. 18 2012 at 2:59 pm
Iyaya, Houston, Texas
0 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If your not living for yourself than do it for your future"

i absulutly love this poem i mean u hav true talent and i admire that continue 2 expresse ur feelingns in this positive way i love it n thank u 4 making us a part of ur pain and life.

on May. 5 2012 at 9:14 am
pianokeysevie SILVER, Clinton, Maryland
6 articles 0 photos 50 comments

Favorite Quote:
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

mine too please!! its titled Without You.. i did it anonymously nut would still appreciate the feedback:)

illusions GOLD said...
on Mar. 22 2012 at 2:47 pm
illusions GOLD, I Dontg Even Like This Town, Other
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i luv this poam! can u check out my poam come out? its about a little girl who doesnt have a dad too.

on Feb. 7 2012 at 6:57 pm
Brittany316 SILVER, Ny, New York
5 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"why expect anything? If you don't expect anything you don't get disappointed."

This was wow...there's no wrds 4 this poem ..

on Jan. 31 2012 at 3:22 pm
Sammy817 BRONZE, Fort Worth, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
You can't break what is already broken

Amazing!!! i know where your coming from with the pain and anger.

on Jan. 16 2012 at 8:49 am
Amber4141610 SILVER, Fairmount Heights, Maryland
5 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
To be nobody but yourself, in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you anyone else, means fighting the hardest battle which any human being can ever fight...And never stop fighting.
-E. E. Cummings

Amazing. I felt your pain and I am sure that you are, just like your writing, an amazing person.

on Dec. 3 2011 at 6:46 pm
xximjustmexx PLATINUM, Oak Forest, Illinois
46 articles 0 photos 71 comments

Favorite Quote:
There's no god. There's no religion. There's only life, what you do with YOUR life, who YOU let affect YOUR life. Bad things happen to everyone, you just have to learn to deal with them.

i can relate to this so much....

on Nov. 11 2011 at 2:05 pm
cyberunfamous SILVER, Melbourne, Florida
8 articles 1 photo 24 comments

Favorite Quote:
Shutting your eyes and pretending something isn't happening doesn't make it not true.

This is so amazing! I have never had a father in my life so I can't relate because I have nothing to miss, but if I could rate this 10 stars, I would.

on Nov. 11 2011 at 12:55 pm
Tigger13 BRONZE, Gallatin, Tennessee
4 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
There's a height requirement!

OH MY!!!! I feel this way!!! I miss my dad soooo much!!! That is wonderful!!!

on Oct. 20 2011 at 2:58 pm
oh and i like your poem its great write more your very talented..!

on Oct. 20 2011 at 2:56 pm
wow it makes me miss my daddy too alot i wish he was here i never knew him but i only have old photos of him and i heard he had liver and lung problems from drinking alot but i hope i get to meet him one day..

on Oct. 20 2011 at 11:47 am
Missunderstood_Is_All, Denver, Colorado
0 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
''Too Young To Die Too Fast To Live."

this brought tears to my eyes because i know exactly how this feels and its worded so beautifully keep  writeing its amazing!

on Sep. 28 2011 at 10:13 pm
Calliashi SILVER, Litchfield Park, Arizona
6 articles 0 photos 74 comments

Favorite Quote:
The man with the key is king and honey, you should see me in a crown. ~James Moriarty

Awesome, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!!!!!


5/5 stars!

on Sep. 28 2011 at 2:34 pm
Simplyy_Jai BRONZE, Augusta, Georgia
2 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
I'm equal to you as you are to me.

I can Relate To your poem Because Iv'e Lost my Dad And it Hurt Me So much .

on Sep. 6 2011 at 4:21 pm
Danealle SILVER, Wheeling, Illinois
7 articles 0 photos 119 comments

Favorite Quote:
Anything is possible with a smile and goal in mind.

I can connect to not having dad. I LOVE the way this is written. It doesn't seem forced and the way its phrased makes you feel melonchaly. 

Read my story "Even Though" and tell me what you think. If you wrote this then I know you'll like my story. :)

dancestar GOLD said...
on Aug. 16 2011 at 8:19 am
dancestar GOLD, Westford, Massachusetts
13 articles 0 photos 127 comments

Favorite Quote:

that was beautiful!!! amazing...the rhymes were not forced at all and tht was jst amazing! i seriously wish i cld write like you, keep writing! and plz check  out some of my poems like "Girl Next Door" Thanks!