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Bob Gibson

Rookie (25 April 1946 / Billingham County Durham)

Christmas without Dad

I want my Dad! i started to cry
why did he have to go and die?
Christmas without him is not the same
i need someone to take the blame!

i see my Mum sat all alone
looking at a silent phone
he'd ring as he left his job
she'd put the kettle on the hob

To night the phone it never rung
the hours past but he didn't come
a policeman standing at the door
my mothers eyes began to pour

Mum looked at me, and held me tight
through tearful eyes, a smile, in sight!
come on get dressed, were going out
Dad wouldn't want us sitting about

The sounds of Christmas everywhere
the Christmas spirit we tried to share
we took presents to the orphans home
but like them i felt alone

late at night when we got back
we found that Santa had left a sack
Uncle Joe and Auntie May
with cousin Fred had come to stay

Christmas dinner with party hats
streamers, crackers, and cricket bats
laughter, smiles and tummy's filled
our Christmas wishes all but fulfilled

underneath those hallowed traces
lies the pain, of diserning faces
half a smile is not enough
even grown ups are not that tough


Submitted: Thursday, April 17, 2008
Edited: Friday, July 18, 2008

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  • Rookie Ron Flowers (12/28/2008 11:14:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem. It expresses your sadness and pain, but also your familys spirit of togetherness.

    Wishing you a happy 2009 and beyond.
    Ron (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 14 Points Bonnie Collins (12/28/2008 12:49:00 AM)

    Bob, how very well you constructed a very painfull write about losing your dad at Christmas... This trully brought a tear to my eye. Very good indeed....

    Have a happy healthy new year

    Bonnie (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Bob Blackwell (10/10/2008 1:24:00 PM)

    Bob, you have related this so well, you brought a tear. Wonderful writing the pain came through. Thank you Bob (Report) Reply

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