A poem about the feelings that go along with becoming a single parent. It’s painful and heartbreaking but everybody comes back from it. You have no choice.
The father left quite early on,
One day he’s there, the next he’s gone.
It caused a huge amount of pain,
And the feelings took so long to wane.
He packed his bags and left so quick,
It felt like just a heartless trick.
But he was not to come back home,
He felt that he was free to roam.
To play the field and sow his seed,
To live a life of selfish greed.
And into darkness I would fall,
I lost the battle to stand tall.
Depressing thoughts were all I knew,
And happy days were far and few.
But soon I found I needed light,
And so I put up quite the fight.
I had to do it for my child,
I couldn’t be so meek and mild.
I got a job and found some friends,
And to my heart I made amends.
I learnt to love myself once more,
And what my life was really for.
I mustn’t dwell on all the bad,
And spend my time so glum and sad.
I have a child I must adore,
And goals to set and to explore.
My life is worth more than that guy,
And now I’m ready to go and fly.
I became a single parent when my son was just nine months old and I was absolutely crushed. I loved my husband and I was devastated when I found out about the affair. But I had to pick myself up and carry on. I limped along as an alcoholic for a decade and only recently have I started to sort my life out. I hope that this poem can give you a little bit of hope if you are going through the same thing. Don’t go down the same path that I did. Life is a gift and you mustn’t waste it. The little ones grow so quickly and you don’t know when it could all come to an end. So find something that you’re passionate about and make every day count.