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At Least Her Father Warned Her About Men Like You

by Wendy Geal

After twenty-one years
of blaming men, I realize
my father was the biggest heartbreaker
of them all.
I knew this
after walking out into the starlight on
one of those family moments you see
on prime time TV,
Daddy had his baby girl in his lap
and whispered,
"Learn to take care of yourself,
men are all worthless these days.
Be an independent woman and
you'll never have to depend on a man".
Naive and untouched,
the little girl flipped her blonde-white hair
back and ran inside
and I threw my eyes up to the sky,
here I am with a man who will probably
bury my heart
and turn it over in it's grave.
Damnit,
why didn't my father tell me that?

06/26/2006

Author's Note: Just a thought...

Posted on 06/26/2006
Copyright © 2020 Wendy Geal

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Jared Fladeland on 07/03/06 at 09:57 PM

Hmm. can i simply say I liked it? or do I have to elaborate more? I think socrates said it best... the only true knowledge is the knowledge that we know nothing...... i hope i never let down a daughter though.. hmmm. drat.

Posted by JD Clay on 06/26/07 at 01:34 PM

This is an interesting piece and what would be even more interesting is to see how the sequel plays out. Happy Anniversary and Congratulations on a your Pearl Of The Day.

Posted by Kyle Anne Kish on 06/27/07 at 02:45 AM

Wendy, I'm glad I discovered you from the POTD. Your poem gels well and your line breaks are clean. The message you carry and how you carried it came out beautifully. Those last two lines are the kicker. Congratulations on your POTD.

Posted by Mo Couts on 08/18/11 at 12:33 AM

Ahh, there's many reasons he perhaps forgot or purposely neglected to tell you those things. But...you got a wonderful poem out of this and it touched me so deeply; thank you.

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