Dad Poem

Poem About Growing Up Without A Father

Do you know what it's like to grow up without a father. Perhaps you would understand this little girl's words.

Daddy's Little Girl

© Emma R. Sims
By Emma Sims

I wish, I wish I was daddy's little girl,
I would have a dance with him; into his arms I'd twirl.
I would have someone to hold me close when I get too scared,
Instead I have to dream about it with my best friend Brittany Baird.

It's so hard to talk about it,
Why can't it just be true?
Why did you have to leave me?
Please come back, can't I talk to you?

But none of this will happen,
As I sit here and I cry.
No daddy to share my feelings with,
Why me, God, why?

I'm so glad that mama's here,
As she tickles me to the ground.
But now she's all I've got,
Since you're never around.

My mother's always there for me,
And helps me when I need it.
You weren't there when I needed you most,
Not even a little bit.

I think of all my other friends,
Who have their dads by their sides.
It makes me so mad,
That I just want to run and hide.

Why, why did you have to leave me?
I think as I sit in my bed.
All of these terrible thoughts of you
Are tearing through my head.

Sometimes it gets too painful,
As if I'm going to die.
Instead I sit perched on my bed,
Trying not to cry.

I'm trying to forget it now,
I'm trying really hard.
But in my mind I can't forget,
My heart is far too scarred.

God, why do you hate me?
Did I do something wrong?
Why must you keep this pain in me,
For so very long?

It's not really how it sounds.
It's like I'm a lonely dog
Being taken to the pound.

Couldn't you just suck it up
And try to work it through?
I just want to hear those words from you
That say "I love you."

But none of that is really true,
I hate the way I think of you.
A terrible coldhearted man,
I wish that you could understand.

As I write this poem
I can't help, it I just tear.
I wonder what it would be like
If you would just be here.

Couldn't you try and love me?
Let's give it a whirl.
Wouldn't it be nice if I could be
Daddy's little girl?


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Published: Feb 2006
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  1. hannah Submitted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009

    this story has touched me deeply. as my father had walked out on me before I was born. it hurts me to a point that sometimes I don't know where I want to be. my mother is AH-MAZING a step dad who truly is the closest dad I have had in my life. it has been hard I am 14yrs old and my life has been hard without him but we got through it.
    good luck

  2. lauren Submitted on Friday, July 10, 2009

    at twenty, I feel the same and I could relate to every line, every word

  3. Aminata Deme Submitted on Monday, November 16, 2009

    I love this poem because I am shedding tears right now and I can't stop. This poem is also touching to me because me and my mom were abandoned by my father but my stepfather is like my blood father. We have so much in common. We like to sit and watch African movies, watch divorce court and laugh and also learn together. We both learn from each other. This poem is very touching.

  4. Anna, Magnetic Island Submitted on Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    I know exactly how you feel my mum and dad broke up when I was about 6 months old and I am now 14. He hasn't spoken to me since because he hates my mum. The worst is he has two other daughters who he actually has a relationship with. It sucks!

  5. Cheryl, FL Submitted on Monday, August 23, 2010

    This poem really touched me. I haven't seen my father since I was a tot, some 35 years ago. I have had no contact whatsoever with this man, and he is seemingly hiding away somewhere because I cannot find him. I am experiencing things that make me think that had he been here, had he not abandoned me, my relationships with men may be healthier. A word to you, sweet poet: When it seems the pain is too great to bear, focus your attention on helping others. Its nourishment for the soul.

  6. Holli ,Uk Submitted on Friday, October 22, 2010

    Hey this poem is how I feel everyday . Yet, I knew my father wasn't a father to me . It's ever since I was born my father stopped loving me . My mother would tell me how happy and proud he was to have a daughter, but hen the moment I was born he stopped as if I was the Devil . When you grow up it's going to be hard, but just stay strong. Xx

  7. Leah, Monterey Submitted on Saturday, November 06, 2010

    This is really touching because my father was divorced from my mom when I was four. But he was still around 'till my mom kicked him out for beating my brother. I haven't seen him in three years. Last time I did he acted like I was some distant relative. He makes up lies when I call, saying that his phone broke and that's why he doesn't call on my birthday or any other day at all. He won't even tell me what country he lives in. I only see him if we are both visiting my grandma and that's not very often. My sister believes he's kind, but the rest of the family knows he's cold hearted.....But sometimes I remember those not so bad times when I was his little girl.

  8. Isabel, Texas Submitted on Saturday, February 26, 2011

    I also relate to this poem. Except, I was abandoned by both of my parents. And have been living with my grandma (aka mom) since I was born. I'm 16 fixing to turn 17 and the abandonment still hurts even though I have my grandma(mom) with me. This poem made me think about if things would be different if my mom and dad would've kept me.

  9. Kayla Submitted on Friday, May 06, 2011

    I know how this feels but everyone feels different with it. See my dad was in my life but he did terrible things and it made me feel lost he isn't in my life anymore but I do want to be daddy's little girl. The real way not the sick way. I cry all the time I wonder why he has to hate me and everything. It sickens me and those terrible, not fair, etc. God dear I..I want to be daddy's little girl too.

  10. Antonia, Telford Submitted on Tuesday, August 09, 2011

    I was deeply touched by this. Your only 12 and yet that's how you feel about you father even if you don't mean to. I get shocked on how many men walk out on there children. Like you My dad left when I was 2 weeks old I never saw much of him. He'd come and go in my life leaving me lost and confused. So I know how you feel try keep your sprits high my lovely. best wishes xx

  11. Taralynn, Albany Submitted on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    I love this! I could really feel the emotion in it. I live with my dad, but not my mom, so I can kind of relate to this poem. Great job. Keep writing!

  12. Eahoue, Detroit Submitted on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    I suffered most of my life, having no earthly father and mother and even family to love or look after me.
    If you believe in God, believe that God did not do this thing and that The Father loves you.
    He is a Great Daddy to me and has healed me of my hurts that *hurting people* caused me. Surely, Satan did this thing through your father's weaknesses and ignorance.
    Be patient and let go; for if you hang on to this feelings you will *look in the wrong* places for this whole in your life.
    Look to God, who is working all things out for your good and has given all free-will to choose. Many do not have a mother, choose to be happy for you are blessed....

  13. Sharone Holton Submitted on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Your story was very touching, my dear that was me you were talking about, My dad was never around even though my mom had 6 kids from him we never saw much of him. I married a man early in life looking for a father figure, so don't make that mistake keep God first. My dad is deceased now, my brothers and sisters did get to talk and see him before his passing. But never got to really know him as a Dad. So with that said keep your head high, keep God first and your spirits up my dear. Best of everything to you.

  14. Gloria Submitted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    I am so touched about this Daddy's little girls poem, it reminds me of my daughter. I got separated from her father because he was not interested in taking his responsibility as a father, funny he had another child that is being able to enjoy having a dad but mine doesn't, but I said to GOD please father my child as she is fatherless so this has made me cry so much, when I thought of the way this man is treating my child. Please guys help me pray and I know by the grace of GOD my daughter will be fine she is only 11 years old.

  15. Tumie, Botswana Submitted on Thursday, September 15, 2011

    Since I grew up my father has been away from us, he never played the roles as a father. My mum is the only person who raise me till she died on 2003, after that I decided to look for him from the places my mum told me where I can find him but I failed because he took transfer. Later on when I went to senior school (college) I met someone who knows him , he gave me his contact but when I called him he told me that he don't know me and all his kids are with him at his house no one is missing. So that was the end of my communication with him. Sometimes I feel mad seeing kids with their parents.

  16. No Father Submitted on Saturday, October 22, 2011

    I can really relate to this poem!! I am 11 years old fixing to be 12 this December. He had used my mother, he told my mother he "loved her" he didn't he just wanted sex. Once my mom had gotten pregnant he was done with her. He didn't want anything to do with her. I do not have a mother either, she got on drugs and abandoned all her children. But she got with this guy and they were together for 5 years and he was amazing! They broke up but he is my "DAD" he means everything to me! I do say he is my full blooded father.

  17. Sister Lydia Submitted on Sunday, October 30, 2011

    Why do men keep hurting their children? I teach children and there are so many angry ones that I am scared of what would happen to the world and to fathers, especially, if they began to act out their feelings. Once one has a child, Life is about the child, not oneself anymore!

  18. Adriana, Longbeach Submitted on Thursday, November 17, 2011

    My dad hasn't been around after 17 years. I found him he comes in my life and I feel like he's playing me he has a fiancÚ who has a daughter 13 and he sees her more then me. It hurts. His girlfriend lives ten minutes away from me. He sees her and doesn't see me. Why do people do that neglect their daughters but is willing to take care of other peoples kids. It hurts each day.

  19. Shantasia Dunan Submitted on Saturday, April 21, 2012

    I can say that these writings made me cry but I have never known my real dad. I've never seen him don't know his name or anything but when I was 8 I started going to church with a man that invited me . He has became the bigger influence in my life. I love him to death. When I feel like all the time no one loves me or anything I can run to him. I always pictured having a dad growing up and I got tired of being the only child in my family without a dad. After this man stepped into my life everything changed for me everything !!! I can't picture hurting him or anything because I love him so much and he loves me !!!!!!!!!!! I'm blessed just like the many of you !!:)

  20. Lakyn Submitted on Sunday, April 22, 2012

    My father died April 1, 2012 of lung cancer, I loved him we weren't the closest but I loved him a lot and I cry myself to sleep everyday, I'm 13 my dad wasn't like the dad all my friends had, but he was my dad I love him. I cried and cried while watching him take his last breaths :(

  21. P.A, London Submitted on Thursday, June 07, 2012

    Wow. that's exactly the same as me. I'm 14. apart from he didn't walk out on me, I left him, for the best. but he's done nothing to try and get me back, it's been 2 years now, and I know he isn't gonna be a part of my life again, it's been years since he told me them 3 words, but I got my mum, I don't know what I'd do without her, really good poem xx

  22. This poem touched me cause my dad left when I was born because I was a girl and I never heard those words I love you from him and it would be nice for him to be here instead of making me cry everynight.

  23. Chris, USA Submitted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    To All of you wonderful precious young ladies, my heart ache's to no end to see your words and try to know your pain. I am a father of 4 young girls and try to be a strong father in everyway and still fail daily. I came across this poem and was very moved by all of your stories and wish with every fiber of my being I could help or somehow take your pain from your hearts. My father was in and out of the life of my sister and I over the years and I did see first hand how much he broke her heart and sadly to this day even after his death she still struggles with him not being a part of her life. Sadly when a man and woman separate or divorce it is always the children who suffer the most.

    Please hang on to your mothers love and I pray that God will somehow remove this unthinkable pain from your hearts and know regardless of the current situation your in that in no way is any of this your fault and you are here on this earth for a reason and God has a plan for you to succeed in everything you do. You are all perfect beautiful young ladies inside and out. We can not control what people can do but only how we will react .

    With Love, May God bless you all!

  24. Alexis Cole Tx. Submitted on Thursday, November 08, 2012

    I really like this story and I think it really fits me because I never really see my dad and I feel like he doesn't care nor want to see me and he can't say he doesn't want kids or have the time because I see him post on Facebook saying he is spending time with his other family. I think he doesn't think I will see it but I do and it really upsets me!!:(

  25. Alanis Marcela Submitted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    I've been through the same thing. It really hurts I know. I was 5 when my dad left, now I'm 13. Now it has been 8 years. I really miss him, but now I have the best step dad ever! Even if he left me too. I wouldn't mind because in this past 8 years I've learn that someone is always with me. That someone is God. He is always with me no matter if my mom, my step dad, or my whole family left me. I wouldn't mind. It would hurt because we're all humans but I know I'm not going to be alone. The same applies to all of you. I also learned that if my dad left it was for a purpose. If he hadn't, I think I wouldn't have God in my life or the awesome step dad that I have. Remember everything happens for a reason. :)

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