Someone very special passed this along to me. Loosing anyone close to you takes it's toll and continues to affect you for as long as you remember the experience. But loosing a child and in some ways trying to stay strong and hold yourself together is something I think many dads do. Nobody asks dads to play this role and it in no way diminishes the support, strength and sorrow of mothers who have lost a child. I've seen a lot of poems to address the experience either from a mother's perspective or from a generic parental role. But this is the first I've seen that speaks to a father and they way he may feel. I hope this in some way connects with other dads who might be able to relate. This poem really struck a chord in me for many reasons and I just had to share.