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I don't want a Weekend-Dad

Updated on September 12, 2012

You spot me in the Distance
Start jumping on the spot
For me the view is torture
As I'm waiting for the clock

The seconds take forever
The hands they seem to stop
One thousand thoughts of your smile
Between the tick and the tock

But then I see you running
And I know that it is time
My heart lifts with your laughter
As we hear the hours chime

Can I stay with you forever
With hope across your face
I don't want to live with Mummy
I don't like this place

You tell me all of the things
That make you feel sad
Please don't take me back on Sunday
I don't want a weekend Dad

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    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm so glad you're daughter is back with you. : )

    • Simba73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jon 

      5 years ago from UK

      Vespawoolf,

      Thank you so much for reading this piece, this truly was a terrible point of our lives and not all that long ago, my daughter was by far the biggest victim in the break up, but I am very happy to say that she got her wish and now lives with me now, and we are building a happy life together.

      She is sleeping back in her own bed and tomorrow is going to school dressed up as a witch !!!

      Thank you again for your wonderful comment .

      Simba

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Children are hurt most by a divorce, and this beautiful poem explores the feelings of such a child. I like the line "One thousand thoughts of your smile / Between the tick and the tock." Thank you!

    • Simba73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you so much CloudExplorer, I was a hard hub to finish with a dry face :)

      Simba

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Lovely poetry here its inspiring to me, because me and my Dad was separated for so many years, and due to my mother divorcing him, and it of course was his fault.

      I never ever forget the lost love, I never forget how the pain felt and still to this very day it hurts me to know that me and my dad are millions of miles apart in terms of emotional connections, and feeling for each other.

      The funny thing is we live in the same house today, and I chose to move in with him and my uncle to try to bond with him, but some things will never ever be fixed it seems.

      Thank you for having the courage for sharing this poem, wow! is all I can say as well as for the video you shared here too, I feel it the pain the love, the joy and all, you really put deep emotions into this hub.

      Thumbs up and getting shared.

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      JP Carlos 

      6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      As much as possible we don't want to be weekend dads. It's a terrible thing to grow up with out a dad that is constantly there. But for weekend dads, there is still time to make changes. Everyminute counts. We try to make every minute meaningful.

      This is such a beautiful poem. It underscores the need to be with your father.

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      This is very touching.. and sad. I have been there with my husband and his sweet and precious daughter. It is just heart breaking. Children should be able to be with both of their parents if they want to. I hope you will never stop fighting for her. Great poem!

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      Jon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Pamela, it was pretty hard thing to put together ( emotionally I mean) but I hope it does some good out there, and give some courage and comfort to others to know they are not alone :) xxx

      Simba

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 

      6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I've just now watched the video you posted. The poem you have at the beginning and then the video itself and the music -- Zoe Jane by Aaron Lewis -- it was all absolutely amazing. Beyond beautiful. May all the dads out there who are being strong find this and be stronger. Sharing.

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      Jon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Put a video thingy to this post

      tammyswallow this is thanks to you :)

    • Simba73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Pamela you are so right , and although I feel awkward asking you to read more of my work, as I feel it's a bit pushy but I have written honestly and there are some references to how it is effecting her, I am trying my best to be the textbook father in these situations but unfortunately her mother is not and I'm desperately picking up the pieces only to hand her back to be broken again, please read they won't listen, it explains how much it had effected her just around 6 weeks into this stage in her life.

      Your words are a huge comfort to me and my strength is so important for my girl right now so thank you again

      Simba x

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 

      6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      This was beautiful. It's so important not to confuse a child with the negatives. I'm sure you know this and are putting your best self forward for her visits. It's better to help a child want to be strong and to get through the situation and to remember that you love them, so she can think positively every day. Otherwise, a young child will get depression and anxiety. She must not be made to feel like a pawn even if those are the circumstances placed on her by her mother.

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      Jose Velasquez 

      6 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I have to deal with this feeling all the time with my older sons. I hate being a weekend dad, but sometimes life doesn't give us the choice.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Simba, that makes the situation even sadder and more cruel. Your sweet daughter should not be subjected to being a pawn in her mom's game.

      I will add the two of you to my prayers.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. So sorry for you two to have to go through this. I sure wish and will send up prayers to the Lord so that you and your daughter can be together you look so happy. Wonderful poem near broke my heart. Sending hugs to you both.

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      forall 

      6 years ago

      Heart touching. Nice poem as usual Simba. All the best for you and your daughter.

    • Simba73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Patrica :) x

      Ryem, I'm so sorry you had to go through this as a child I can understand how painful this can be as I witness it with my girl, and I thank you for realising that this is not a work of fiction and have given me strength for my daughter with your kind words.

      Thanks guys

      Simba xxx

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      Jon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Shauna,

      In normal circumstances your words about making the mother understand would be correct, but it is her mothers cruel ways and motivation to keep her with in order to get social housing (fact from talking to a double agent friend of hers) which makes this impossible. Savannah has told her constantly and every time I have hone contact twice a week Savannah keeps telling me how she wants to live with me, despite her Mum eves dropping ( well they do live in the same small room together now)She is 100% aware of Savannahs wishes and knows what would be best for Savannah but she looks at a bigger picture about self gain and with out Savannah she would get very little help. I also feel I should say that she used to run off without her in the past, and the weekend before she ran off with Savannah she ran off on her own, to be told by her Aunt don't come without Savannah you'll get nothing, so she came back all sad and apologetic, I got her some more medical help also, but it was just a smoke screen and the next Friday ( date of blood tests to be collected also) she took Savannah from school and ran to her aunt's.

      It has never been about Savannah for her, just what she is worth fiscally to her. And I want to add these are not words of a bitter father just the cold facts, I thought would put some light on the subject for you, as I know how heart felt your kind words are, and I felt you should know a bit more. The mother will never admit to mental problems at the moment as it would bring her defence in court crashing down.

      Simba xx

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      Jon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Faith Reaper thank you again and yes praying is something I have been doing the first time in my life really, not that I don't believe but I've have never had a religious direction, I been a bit like a atheist in a fox hole kinda thing. trying do deals and sacrifices for my Daughters well-being.

      But Savannah has always had faith in JC and god and that gives me hope and strength knowing that she is under the opinion that we still have the big boys to bring into our plight and save the day.

      Simba

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      Ryem 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      This is a beautiful poem. I had similiar experiences as a child and that is a heartbreaking feeling. Voted up : )

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      Patricia Di 

      6 years ago

      That was sweet as pie!!!

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      Patricia Di 

      6 years ago

      That was sweet as pie!!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      You're breaking my heart, Jon! As I'm sure your Savannah's words break yours. Fight, my friend, fight! Does Savannah tell her mom how she feels? Ask her not to be afraid. Love will protect her. Mom needs to know how she feels. A real mom's love won't let her child's heart bleed if she can help it.

      You and Savannah need to come together to show Mom what is best for her formative being. When Savannah (and mom) are older, they can make their own choice. For now, Savannah needs to make hers. Please ask her to make her wishes become words. Whatever it takes for Mom to hear her heart!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      I kind of gathered that, as I write mostly a non-fiction writer, writing about all that I have been through, but I do throw in a little variety too. The best writers write about what they know. I know when I try to write on a subject that I have no clue about, even after some research, it is just not any good. I understand how writing helps you to deal with these serious situations of life. Not trying to preach or anything, but prayer helps me the most, and once I pray and turn it all over to God, I sleep like a baby, as He really is in control. Once you surrender all of that that you are carrying around to Him, you will truly be set free. Just relaying my experience as far as that goes. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thanks Faith Reaper, the photo was taken earlier this evening after the questions and events happened this afternoon, I don't know if you are aware but all of my poems are actual events, I don't put any poetic licence in my work at all. The writing just helps me deal with what's going on :)

      Simba

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, this is profound and very touching. I know that feeling when my granddaughters see me, they just can't hardly stand it, but to run as fast as they can and almost knock me down with hugs and kisses and then when it is time to go back home on Sunday, they just cry and ask if they can just stay at my house, although there's is good. But at "Nannie's and Paw Paw's" it's the best. Voted Way Up Great write. Love the photo, so cute!!! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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