The Hope In My Sadness

There is hope in sadness
Because honesty
And not falsehood
Along with true emotion
Opens its door to comfort you
Because it will receive you
And offer its blessings
To mingle with your own
On a winding road
Of love
You see my daughter
And her smile for my heart
In this I know
The hope that we long for
Is sprouting in the next generation
As we who have lived
And search for our youth
And for something new
Remain in reposeful wait
To live on
In the knowing
Of where we have been
And where we will go
But for me
It is the very feeling of loss
That offers dignity
And quiet assurance
That regardless of my tears
Life will go on
And a little girl
Will be the one who will make you happy
So take her hand
And look past my troubles
And see yourself through her eyes
As she asks you
To show her what you know
And what you love

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Comments 17 comments

NikiiLeeReyes 4 years ago

Awww;

Theres a special bond between a father and his daughter.

This made me think of my father,

driving in his car; eating ice cream, listening to music, speaking way too much. I always looked for new ways to baffle my father with my 'intelligence.'

:) how time can change things,

this poem has a special place in my heart.

thank you for sharing this with us.

-Nika


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Vidya Mallar 4 years ago from India

This is so beautiful... How nicely you have presented the bond of love between a father and his daughter... I just miss my father now after reading this hub who is staying far away 4m me in his native... Thank you so much 4 gifting this poem to the daughters who love their fathers.. God bless you...


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Hi Nikii and Vidya - Thank you for your kind remarks. I'm glad I can make you think of happy times and memories.

This is truly a spontaneous piece of work based on two things: I am living apart from my children but see them frequently. Yesterday I was with them and my daughter was especially loving (she is 8 years old; my son is 15 and a bit too cool for school). So I left with a heavy heart as usual. Later I saw on my Facebook page a request for more uplifting works (I post everything I write over there). So I thought, how can I write on demand and just be "happy" because someone wants it? I am happy but it's more of a deep thing than just skipping along. Anyway this is what I came up with....


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

So beautiful.. I wish my dad would write me a poem like this.. Awesome job.. I am crying

voted up

Debbie


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Vidya Mallar 4 years ago from India

I will never forget this hub which reveals the depth of true love in true relations..... As Debbie said sure it brought tears when I read it.....Have a nice time with your loving family...


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Hi Deborah - Don't cry... you know I have to admit I can't believe someone I don't know would read something that I say and be moved to that extent. It's unbelievable actually. I just try to say how I feel. It is very gratiying to hear your words but bittersweet also if it reminds you of things that you long for. Most men have a hard time expressing themselves. I don't know why. For me I feel the love for my children and have no problem expressing it. There is no hang-up in me over this. It is very natural and I see how they thrive so much when they have my approval. And it is so easy to give. Why not do it?


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Vidya - Thank you again. If you feel love then show it. It is so cliche to say all the world needs is love but it is so true. I don't understand self-inflicted barriers between a parent and a child. We have the power to make them feel strong and secure at least in their home and their heart. The world is tough enough. I'm glad what I say reached you to this extent.


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Vidya Mallar 4 years ago from India

Yes really it touched my heart... and I come to know how good a father are you and blessed are your children to have you... You think in the same path as I think.. The love that we feel we should always show it and make them feel its warmth and protection. Looking forward to read more of your hubs... Good day.


NikiiLeeReyes 4 years ago

I had to read it again; I just love it.

I dont know, its not sad.

Deep and Dark.

(I love saying this) Like Chocolate.

It takes me back to a care-free time.

Im 20 years old now.

and I just wish that my relationship with my father could be as easy now as it were then.

Im still and will always be

my poppas little girl.

lol. 0:)

(lOl @ Too cool for school)

-Nika


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Vidya - Thanks again. I just want them to have a safe place with me.

@Nika - I was thinking about what you said. I don't know your relationship with your father but I am describing the relationship I have with an eight year old girl. I am probably the dominant male in her life and my approval is important to her. When she gets to be your age then things will obviously change. I have to get ready for that. She is human as are you. There will be mistakes on her part but I have to be ready for normal mistakes versus seriously bad mistakes. I hope she can come to me about her problems. It's tough for a girl to become an adult and deal with her Dad because Dad's are more forgiving of their sons in many ways. We have this princess mentality towards our daughters and at times project this onto our own lovers which is the root of control and jealousy. I don't want to be that way. So it's a matter of me understanding myself because I know she will want to experience life too.... Yeah, "too cool for school" is an "old school" way of describing my son. He loves and hugs me in private but you know in public it's, "Don't embarrass me Dad." I'm good with it. I remember how it felt long ago. I think that is the key to parenting. Don't forget how it was. It's easy to give instructions but it's the living that's hard.

I like the "dark chocolate" analogy.


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christin53 4 years ago from UK

This is a lovely tender poem.

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NikiiLeeReyes 4 years ago

I tell you this; My dad was so loving and caring. He listened intently and through that he showed me how a man should treat his lady. Inevitably, Mothers tend to be their sons first 'love' and Visa-Versa. Thank god he never treated me bad-cause god only knows I wouldve grown up thinking it was okay to be treated wrong with every other man that stepped into my life. As I got older, we found ourselves stuck- only because we are so much alike but had so many differences. I love my dad- wouldn't change him for the world. Lol I used to be the same way with my mom and dad when I was 15- oh god if they tried picking me up from school (horrible) I would beg them to pick me up a block away. To think of it now, WHY did I do that?! lol. Dont be so hard on your little girl; I know for sure you're going to prepare her for that harsh world we all have to set out to live in one day. :) Thank you again for sharing a beautiful poem with us. thank you.

:)


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Chirstin - Thank you for commenting and the follow.

@Nika - Thanks and you know as long as she swears never to have a boy friend she and I will get along great! Wait? Why are you laughing? Ha.....


NikiiLeeReyes 4 years ago

hahaha listen Ive been in a relationship for 5 years; and he still has yet to meet my dad. when i do introduce a man to my dad-- itll be because he wants to ask for my hand in marriage. thats right! lol. not to put any ideas in your head; i like to look at it as if i werent hiding anything more like i am protecting my princessy image. :P

DONT JUDGE ME! lol.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Nika - No judgments here. I know how it is to "manage" your parents. I'm sure it will happen to me too. The main thing is to not over-react to the point where she avoids me altogether....


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Your poem touches all of us for different reasons. It pulls on my heart to know how you feel when your children leave you. It also makes me think of my beautiful father who passed away 14 years ago. He and I had a deep connection and he will always live in my heart. Your tribute is very moving and touching.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

what a great poem of love and devotion...it makes me long for a father's love...

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