I never got the chance to be,

for you dear Dad, the best.

I never had the strength inside

to hold you to my chest.


I never made the time in life

to be a father’s son

and never had a hope of ever

undoing things I’d done.


I never got to tell you how

I missed you when not there.

I never had the strength to talk to you

as you were lying there.


I never even had the courage

to stroke your ruffled hair

and tell you as you lay there drifting,

just how much I really cared.


I never managed to say ‘I love you!’

with conviction and grace.

I never had the strength of will

To say it to your face.


I never got to tell you

just how much you meant to me.

I never got to say goodbye

and now you’re floating free.


I miss you, my dear father,

In ways so hard to tell.

I saw you through a child’s eye

and watched you go through hell.


I saw in you a tender love that

your generation just couldn’t show

and now that it is all too late,

I guess you’ll never know.


You’ll never know the pride I felt

to have you as my Dad,

to know that no matter what happened

I’d always be one of your lads.


I miss you, Dad.

Every single minute

of every single day.


So now it seems I must say ‘farewell’

to one I love so dear,

and as I think about your passing

I will always shed a tear.


And in doing so feel tragic loss

but never any fear,

for you reside now in my heart and mind,

You’ll always be quite near.



Written by Darren Scanlon June 2009.

This revised version 3rd February 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. gregamour says:

    Darren, This is very touching. This poem expresses yur love. He knew it and knows it now. This iss excellent and what poetry is about. Beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thankyou so much Greg, that means a lot to me.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Thank you my friend 😊


  3. phoenixgrey85 says:

    Beautiful. It really resonated with me. Brought tears to my eyes.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. rory16840 says:

    Beautiful ! Words that touch the soul !
    Thank you so much for sharing !

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Rory.


  5. renxkyoko says:

    A beautiful, heartwarming tribute.


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