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Wanting You to be Okay

A dad tries to move forward after a child's suicide attempt

By F Cade SwansonPublished 9 months ago β€’ Updated 9 months ago β€’ 1 min read
Top Story - February 2024
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Wanting You to be Okay
Photo by Alex Azabache on Unsplash

Dad, while I was sleeping,

I heard you quietly

Say that you worry about me, and

That you want me to be okay.

Rather than try

And convince you not to worry,

Could I ask you to remember

That I am still here.

I survived. And while I may never be fully

Okay, let the life that has returned in my eyes distract you, still

Not forgetting the pain I felt, or the pain I caused.

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F Cade Swanson

Queer dad from Virginia now living and writing in the Pacific Northwest. Dad poems, sad poems, stories about life. Read more at fcadeswanson.com

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  • Gargie S Anand13 days ago

    "I survived. And while I may never be fully Okay, let the life that has returned in my eyes distract you, still Not forgetting the pain I felt, or the pain I caused." This sums it all. Wow! Beautiful choice of words. Well composed.

  • Anna 14 days ago

    Beautiful and unselfish thoughts! Congrats on TS!πŸ₯³

  • Yusuf Alam15 days ago

    πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒCade You nailed it! πŸ’ͺ Great job, seriously! πŸ‘Œ https://vocal.media/authors/yusuf-alam

  • JOSIAH NWOKO16 days ago

    very very lovely

  • Christy Munson16 days ago

    I love the tender hand your word choice brings to this first-person narration. You've given your reader enough to feel so many emotions while simultaneously giving your reader enough space to fill in their own blanks. Evocative and emotional. Beautifully written.

  • Aurora16 days ago

    congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Shirley Belk16 days ago

    Hugs...

  • Heather Hubler16 days ago

    Oh goodness, this made me tear up. My best friend went through/is still going through this with her daughter. There are so many emotions tied up. Beautiful work highlighting this :)

  • So poignantly seen from both perspectives. "Dad, while I was sleeping, I heard you quietly Say that you worry about me, and That you want me to be okay." Thank you for this beautiful poem.

  • Eiman Asif16 days ago

    A beautiful one to read many times..! Amazing and incredible... Your words are really heart-touching and so deep and true.. loved your poem..

  • JBaz17 days ago

    Yep, this is a keeper, one to reread many times. Touching with a sprinkle of hope.

  • Rachel Deeming17 days ago

    That line "let the life that has returned in my eyes distract you" - hit me. Oh man.

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