Letter to Dad

I stood by the window, watching as you were leaving
I stood there frozen, the clock ticking
Ticking away the time we spent together
Ticking away those days we said forever

That day we said forever
That day was December
I remember mom telling me that you had cancer
That you were dying
That the doctors didn’t have an answer

I remember your bald head
Your smooth bald head
I remember all those wires connected to your skin
Blue, yellow, red, and green

I remember as you held my hand
Telling me that you loved me
And little me crying, screaming…”please don’t go to heaven”
That day I had just turned seven

Daddy and daughter against the world
You left earth after saying a mediocre “I love you”
I shook your body without a clue
I simply thought we were playing peek-a-boo

Daddy and daughter against the world
You left earth after saying “I love you”
And as I lay on my bed not wanting to make your death true
I realized you never really thought me how to tie my shoe

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