“Dear ‘Dad'” by Ashleen McCullough

Dear “Dad,” I haven’t had much to say about you but, I do now.

Dear “Dad,” did you know I’m 21 this year? I bet you didn’t.

Dear “Dad,” did you know I’m a year away from getting my degree?

Dear “Dad,” did you know I grew up strong and independent with strong ties to my family?

Dear “Dad,” did you know I learned how to be me without you?

Dear “Dad,” did you know I never felt like I was missing anything?

Dear “Dad,” did you know that I feel weird saying “dad” and I can’t call anyone that, even though he’s been a father figure and I love him dearly?

Dear “Dad,” did you know that I have several male role models in my life, and you’re not one of them?

Dear “Dad,” did you know that people tell me that they’re sorry when I say I never knew you?

Dear “Dad,” did you know I always reply, “I’m not.”

Posted on June 9, 2015, in Poetry Spring 2015 and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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