Tell me, Daddy

Do you even care at all?

Because you're not here

To catch me when I fall.

Show me you love me.

Will that ever start?

Or are you just

Playing games with my heart?

Tell me, Daddy

Do you love me?

Or am I

Just another source for money?

Am I your baby?

Please don't say "maybe".

I couldn't help that I was born!

Tell me, Daddy

What was marriage like?

Mom said you two separated

Because of all the fights.

Was it my fault?

Am I to blame?

Is it because

I don't have

Your last name?

Tell me, Daddy

Will you come to my game?

Oh, you're busy?

Well, that's a shame.

I thought just maybe

You could see

What a great daughter

I could really be.

Tell me, Daddy

Will you be there when I have

Kids of my own?

No? Well, that's too bad.

You could come and see

What it's like to be

A parent to a baby…

Tell me, Daddy

Will you cry?

When the years

Fly by and by?

I'll be successful

And my husband will be, too.

He'll know how to be a father.

Now, how about you?

Tell me, Daddy

Do you even care at all?

Because you're not here

To catch me when I fall.

© 2012 by S. A. Arkenburgh