"Daddy Issues"

Cowley Student (Vol. 8: 2019)

Do all fathers like to spend their days

fishing and drinking themselves into a haze


mine truly did

when I was a kid


“sorry I’m busy, stay with your mom instead,” he said

these words cut like a dagger to my heart

as they began to tear our relationship apart



Growing up I often got to see

Everyone having a dad but me


I watched him stumble and watched him fall

Now I can’t even answer when he calls


He put his addiction first

and I pray to out run his dreadful curse


he left me behind

Often still searching for the father I hoped to find


But I’ll never find my answer with him

Because with an alcoholic father a girl can never win.