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For All The Daddies

Updated on March 13, 2011
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For All The Daddies

Her daddy called her an ugly child...
words that child believed...
When she looked into the mirror
she remembered his words then grieved.


He told her she was a stupid girl
words she could not understand,
but he was, after all, her dad
and he must know firsthand...


Her daddy called her a worthless child,
more "truth" that she embraced
and long after he left had this world
her heart felt so debased.


It didn't matter who said what,
his words were all she heard.
That man had turned his baby girl
into a wounded bird.


The years flew by. That wounded bird
who never could yet fly
huddled in her little cage
too ashamed to even try.


And then one day, God saw her tears
and healed her broken wing...
He sent a band of angels who
then taught her to fly and sing.


That little girl who still lived within,
then, said a little prayer...
for all the daddies in the world
to use their words with care.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."

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    • bbnix profile image

      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      Our friend Bella cautioned me about my weeping, and I love her in return, but this makes me cry so deeply, I'll fight this huge concern...

      You and I talked about this today Tender - it's time to fight for the children!!

      Voted up and awesome my friend...

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Very nice and so true ,And it happens way way to often.

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      tumblintumblweed 6 years ago

      Very beautiful,my friend.Brings tears to my eyes !Voted Up and Beautiful!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      bb, thank you. I smirked a bit at your first comment, for my tears don' yield to traffic signs and just march forth where they will...but yes mommies and daddies are on my mind and we are but figuratively potters with little lumps of clay in our hands, and we mole that clay primarily with words and actions.

      All too often we fail as potters to be mindful of what we create with our thoughts, words and our actions.This was not a planned write, but it came, none the less, as I look into this day, that I am to spend with my grandson who is coming to stay the weekend with me.Thank you for your tender comment and response!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      ahorseback, thank you for your read and comment. I am thinking that reading your latest work perhaps inspired this poem, in part, and I thank you for that! As a young mommy, I was so wrapped up in mommying and survival, and so wounded bird myself,and if this poem makes just one parent aware of their power that they rethink their words or actions, then it has fulfilled the hope and motive of the writer...our words and actions sink home with our children and live on, with staggering impact that we cannot know...it behooves us to think before we speak...thank you!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      tumblin, thank you, sweet friend...a late night write that came from the deep, you don't miss a trick! Blessings to you!

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Wow! Amazing! I just love the the last stanza. Fly little bird, fly high and know that you have a beautiful soul, a lovely heart and talent that you can't deny! I wish every person who faces such treatment can have such a great healing of the soul.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      sofs, thank you. I wish the same!

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      Christina M. Castro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      If only I could find the right words to say to my neighbor every time she yells at her child for no reason and calls him "stupid". It is like the child's life is a warzone with no ability to defend but to cry. If I dwell on it I will start to cry. I will pray that there will be someone else in that child's life to show him kindness and affection. You did a wonderful job, and the promise of hope is for all children.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      What a greatly sensitive and beautiful hub.

      You have managed to breathe life into your words here .

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Please, parents should understand that children needs more love and caring than ourselves. They are the leaders of tomorrow. parents calling their child all sorts of urgly name is not good and it makes them think that their parents hates them. Of course, we know that children learn faster and put everything in practice faster. Please, mum and dad in the hub, don't give (call) your child an ugly image (name)

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Christina make a copy of this poem and send it anonymously by mail...just a thought...maybe it will make her think before she speaks...this of course applies to mommies and daddies...thank you for your thoughtful and sensitive response!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Eiddwen, thank you! ~Blessings~

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      crystolite, well said! Thank you!

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      Sharon Douglas 6 years ago from GA, United States

      awesome poem! It so important to a child to say the right words, if their own parents can tell them negative words how can they believe other wise.

      Words are powerful I hope parents learn a lesson from this poem.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Sharon,thank you! If just one mommy or daddy sees the power of their words than all is not for naught! ~ Peace ~

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      Bumpsysmum 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Oh Tnderhrt, another one I've read today that brought back memories.....voted up and awesome :-)

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Bumpsysmum, thank you!

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Our mouths are like loaded pistols. We must be careful where we point our mouths. Thank you.

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      CARIBQUEEN 6 years ago

      Some parents fail to realise how their words can psychologically harm their children. I do hope that more parents read this hub and share with others so they can guard their tongue and refrain from emotionally wounding their young.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Amen, Spirit Whisperer, Amen.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      CARIBQUEEN, As humans, I think we do not know the power of our words...as parents, even more so!

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      Bumpsysmum 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Unfortunately this is not as rare as we might like to believe and can be so insidious as to be unseen by outsiders, but is nonetheless as damaging, maybe even more so since no one sees the damage being done and so it goes on unhindered.

      We trust our parents, rightly so, but it's not until we are out in the world that we realise that what we came to accept as normal was in fact far from it.

      :-( From experience.........

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Bumpsysmum, that is precisely why I wrote this...and from personal experience, as well. I am sorry for your pain, and all we can do it try and not repeat it...thank you!

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      mikeq107 6 years ago

      TH :0)

      great poem and written from the pain of Life...Thanks for sharing..

      Love in Jesus

      Mike :0)

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      Bumpsysmum 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Tnderhrt, yes I feel for you too, & I made darned sure I didn't perpetuate the problem with my 2 lovely kids who are the light of my life :-)

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      mikeq,thank you!~Blessings~

      Bumpsysmum, My son says, "Mom, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger!" and this is oh so true! Good for you for not being part of the problem and choosing to be part of the solution, today!

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      Bumpsysmum 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Yes, and my reward is the love and support I now get from them :-) The evidence speaks for itself....

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      You know it!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so beautiful and so true. Unkind words spoken to a child can last a lifetime. God Bless you.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      So tender, so fragile the human heart when the poisonous tongue unleashes it's venom hurting all around. I felt the little girls pain, I was that little boy at one time and first hand my confidence was shattered. Thankfully an angel came to my rescue and revived my view of myself and gave me the wisdom and strength to become a somebody. Hugs

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Ruby, You are so right. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      saddleridder, Thank God for the angels! And what a somebody you are! I am grateful for you, my friend! Hugs!

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      Bridget30 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I am taken back, this is a masterpiece, and so perfectly describes so much a child hears and sees! My favorite piece is when the angels save her, lovely and beautiful!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Bridget, thank you! This is a true story from start to finish and my hope is that someone out there will read it who needs to, and use gentler words with their children and spare them undeserved and unnecessary pain. Thanks for your read and awesome comment!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Your poetry is awesome and it is hard to find unique words to share this. So I will just say--great job, keep writing, your poetry is very touching.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      duffsmom, I so thank you! It is a joy to share with folks like yourself! Hugs!

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      fanoos akhlaq 6 years ago from lahore.pakistan

      God bless you n thanks!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      fanoos akhlaq, thank you for your read and comment!

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      Plarson 6 years ago from Alabama

      Tndr- Not ashamed to admit this one made me cry with both the beauty of it, and perhaps sad regret that such a poem has cause to be written. -Paul

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Paul, there were plenty of tears shed in the writing, as well, but the overall message is the point, that our words are way more powerful than we realize and can impact an entire life...I believe we should all start our education in Life with WORDS 101! Thanks for your visit, my friend, and your thoughtful comment!

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi tnderhrt. My wife and I looked after kids in care, as cottage parents, for six years, so we know only too well how difficult life can be for many unfortunate children. Your poem is so perfectly formed and so emotive. Abuse comes in many forms, but words can be vicious, with long lasting effects. Bravo to you, and a tear to all the poor souls who suffer. I truly thank you.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      attemptedhumour, Thank you for your visit and wonderful, thoughtful comment! This is a very personal write, written about me, and my journey. My father was a vicious alcoholic who, through his mean words, seriously damaged the psyche of his children. I suspect he was the victim of words, himself, but he passed on the legacy to his own. He passed in 1971, but his words live on in the hearts of his children, and by the Grace of God, now fade in my heart...

      The power of words, especially on young ears, is underestimated by many...something we all need to be mindful of! Thank you!

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      ClaraN9 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      That was absolutely, magnificently beautiful! Thank you for being honest with us by giving us a part of your past. :)

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      ClaraN, thank you! It was an important write for me. I appreciate your visit and thoughtful comment!

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