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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.

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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 Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
there's so much here, i can just wade through it....
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LiliWrites May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :)
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:iconirrevocablefate:
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
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LiliWrites Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:smooch: You are a peach!
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:iconcareravegirlbear:
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.

vii.

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

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

Powerful piece.
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LiliWrites 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.
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FuzzyHoser 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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