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Daddy, I miss you

I wish we had spent more time

so that we could have an adult conversation

I stare at your picture on my wall

There has been a lot of pain

You were the only family I had

that was emotionally available

Although you never said a word

your actions spoke loud enough

I would like to think

there is a beginning to an end here

and there is a place where our spirits

can reconnect and dance in

the peace and comfort that we

searched for with alcohol and drugs

The simplicity of death and removal

of a body with its insecurities and baggage.

The birth of a spirit that no longer

lives in shame, anger, and confusion

My travels are not yet over

on this side but if there is a light

at the end of the tunnel

I hope I get to see your

Irish eyes smile one more time…