We can see the importance of fathers by looking at their absence.
by Jessica DeLaMora
Feelings eaten away
Crying myself to sleep
Wondering if I matter.
Seeing everyone else with their dads,
Not being Daddy’s little girl,
Listening to everyone talk about their dads.
Lucky enough to have a full memory
Of his time with me.
My dad, a big-hearted man to his two daughters
And to his family
A scary, tough, tattooed criminal to others.
In prison, locked up since 2003
Lies about coming out next year,
I’ve been told that for as long as I can remember.
Who knows what year he’ll be back out here?
Listening to different stories
Not knowing the truth
Looking at him but
Not knowing the truth.
Getting up at 4 a.m. to go visit him in prison
A four-hour drive
Standing outside in the freezing weather.
Cops being mean, waiting to hear, “DeLaMora, Mike,”
Passing through all this trouble
Taking off my shoes, jewelry…
Being told what I can and cannot wear
Feeling like a criminal myself
When all I want is to be Daddy’s little girl.
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