I never had an opportunity
To give a Fathers Day Card to you,
Or hug you on your birthday,
No, those things I couldn’t do
Walking through the bluebell woods,
You weren’t there to hold my hand.
When I played upon a beach,
You couldn’t help me build a castle of sand.
As a babe in arms
I have no memory of you holding me,
Just a fuzzy black and white photo
Of that moment is all I’ve seen.
Cruelly, you were snatched away
When I was barely one.
A shipping accident at sea,
And in a moment your life was gone.
You only had one opportunity
To give a birthday card to me.
The years when I was growing up,
Sadly, those you didn’t see.
You weren’t there when I was married,
My lovely mum supported me.
Soon, three granddaughters came along.
They are gorgeous. I’m sure you would agree.
I’m sad I never gave a Father’s Day card to you,
Or hugged you on your birthday. It wasn’t meant to be.
But one thing I know: If you were still here with us,
You’d be a really special dad to me.
Elwyn Bull June 2011.