Tony A. Smith

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You’re Not There

You're Not There



Hello Son

This is your Dad

Hello – Is anyone home?


I guess you’re not there

I guess I’ll just have to leave you a message on your answering machine

I’ve been havin kind of rough day today here son

I’m kind of down today 

I guess that’s how it is when you have cancer 

And you only have a few months to live

You have your good days and your bad days

I just wanted to call to say I miss you son and that I love you

I sure would like to talk to you

It’s been a while since I talked to you

I just want to hear your voice son

Call me when you get a chance

Call me, okay

I love you


  1. So sad! I used to volunteer in an old folks home and it is astounding how many elderly people do not hear from their kids. I don’t care how bad a parent they might have been, I think it’s inexcusable. I agree with Joanne, this poem made my heart ache too. 😦 …………………… Good writing, though. 🙂

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  2. You are right Debbie! It is inexcusable how some people leave their parents to die in a nursing home and never go see them.


  3. jjspina says:

    So sad to be forgotten. Children should care and love their parents no matter what. Life is so fleeting and we all deserve to be loved. 😢

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  4. awwwe Tony… This is a sad/sweet reminder of my dad. He was never much for phone conversations and I lived out of province. But after he was diagnosed with cancer, I’d call more regularly, just to hear his voice… And he’d always stay on to talk 😥 ♥ ❤

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