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My father is an alcoholic. He has never abused or purposefully neglected me. He loves me very much, and I love him. He just loves the bottle more.

I pulled this out of an old collection specifically for the launch of #To-Our-Family, a group that focuses on the familial love that exists despite difficulty, animosity, abuse, pain, and neglect. I strongly encourage all of you to check it out.


Edit: Holy cow! :wow: Thank you for all of the support on this one, guys and gals. :heart: It means a lot!

I support #dALinkSystem! :la: Check out ~this-epiphany's poem about her father and his cat:

have you seen your father hugging the cat, my mother asks
& I laugh because I have. the
cat hugs him back, wraps his paws
around my father's neck, rubs
his face against the bristle
of my father's greying beard. &
I imagine my father whispering
sweetly to him & the cat's
low rumble in reply. just yesterday
they were fighting, my father
threatening to drown him
in the lake, cradling a
bird with broken wings, blinking
away tears. he loves them,
every bird & ground squirrel,
buries them & storms around
all day. but by night they are
embracing, my father & his cat,
making peace between themselves
too low for our ears. these
things I cannot hear, but se
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thesquareroot Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
there's so much here, i can just wade through it....
LiliWrites Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :)
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Writer
Hello again lovely, I've featured this piece as well: here 'cause you might have forgotten to click the last link or something.

:heart: Stephany
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:smooch: You are a peach!
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013   Writer
:giggle: :iconsmoochesplz:
CareRaveGirlBear Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I really Like these last few parting words, that is something our dad would say! And its so true!

Dad's parting words
reverent, pleading:

be better than me.


somebody told me
there's more to life
than breathing.

(life lesson:
there's more.)
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :)
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
God, I feel this one. Different relative, but the very same feelings. :heart:

Powerful piece.
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:hug: Glad someone can relate. Well, sort of. :lol: I wish things like addiction didn't exist, but if they must, I am glad that people learn to live around them.
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, yes.. People either get or they try to. Those that try to never will. It's such a strange dynamic living with or around an addict. It makes survivors out of the innocent, yeah? :hug:
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