I Will Not Write About You Anymore

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I’ve decided not to

write about

how you were

and were not there,

how you cared,

but did not care.

I refuse to write about

how you were

a was

and a was not,

a sometimes,

an if, and a maybe

and a never

not ever father

who always is

but is not

a part of me.


Shawn R. Jones

Reprinted from “Womb Rain”

(Finishing Line Press, 2008)

6 Responses

  1. adetokunbohr says:

    Methinks the poem reeks of pain, pain that you thoughtfully revisited over time, wished that ‘he’ would be the analgesic but he wasn’t.
    I can link this poem with the other story(the one ’bout your wonderful mum). Is this what i think it is? …and does that make Womb Rain kinda cathartic?
    I do not find it in this poem but somewhere between your family pictures on your About Page i think there’s Forgiveness.

  2. Pets To Go says:

    In a few words, this poem speaks volumes. In a few words, you have spoken what so many have felt, but couldn’t find the words to utter. You speak for many. Forgiveness is enlightening.

  3. wow nice dear….you are so cute….

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