“the best intentions”

topic taken from https://redravine.wordpress.com/2007/05/30/100-writing-topics/ using a random number generator

other posts using topics from redravine include: favorite places to write as a child and

My life as fresh fruit.

Took a while to come up with a topic for this one, but I thought I’d take a different perspective/POV for this.  Not sure of the title, but I think “The Best Intentions” fits.  Wanted to write something serious and sad.


Dear Child I Didn't Deserve,

I hope you can forgive me,
for what I failed to do.
The time just wasn't right...
for me to care for you.
I had shattered hopes and dreams,
and I was far too broken then.

I hope you can forgive me,
through this letter that I send.
You were my greatest blessing,
you rid my room of shadows.
Oh how your little laughs,
helped me through internal battles.

I hope you can forgive me,
I hope you understand.
That what I did was difficult,
my life was poorly planned.
The day that I had left you,
was when my soul had died.

I hope you can forgive me.
Please know that I had tried.
I know that you are happy
you have things I could not give.
Your life is better now.
Don't ever think "what if?"

I hope you can forgive me
for what I was back then.
You deserved a better life,
you were my only friend.
I did not deserve to have you.
I gave you up with the best intentions.

Yours Truly,

- Parent That Could Not Be

4 thoughts on ““the best intentions”

  1. Sad and serious, indeed.

    Dear Undeserving Parent,
    I could not have wanted more
    Than one more hug and knowing what
    Could stop you walking out that door.

    I didn’t want expensive things
    They couldn’t fill the hole
    That aching, lonely sorrow brings,
    That left me less than whole.

    I forged ahead, undaunted,
    Till graduation day –
    Your approval’s all I wanted,
    Just once, to hear you say…

    “I’m proud of you, my son…
    I’m proud of you, and glad
    I made that choice to stay, my son –
    to stay, and be your dad.”


      1. Thanks! I have a habit of replying in kind, sometimes. (I have to be inspired, though.) I like to write poetry – sometimes. I have kind of a love-hate relationship with it.


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