It was the first of many disappointments,
Promises he never meant to try to keep.
I wanted to be excited for his promised visits,
But the costs to my psyche became too steep.
It was the hardest day of my young life.
We sat on our things, evicted from our home.
Mama was at work, and I looked for Daddy,
But, I couldn’t find him because he was gone.
I searched up and down the empty street,
Just trying to get a glimpse of my ole dad.
I finally saw him as he walked away,
And I have never again felt so utterly sad.
He walked out of our lives that fateful day.
Two little girls who were in a serious bind.
So listen: If you leave your marriage or spouse,
Don’t you dare leave your children behind.
They need the reassurance that someone
Really cares and it’s not any of their fault.
Children feel separation so personally,
To leave them behind is a form of assault.
Their young psyches are so very tender,
All they want is to know they are loved.
So, separate them from the other parent,
They are still your own flesh and blood.
Poem written for day 19 of he OctPoWriMo 2019 Challenge. The prompt is: First Time You Were Disappointed