I never knew the man behind the mask you wore so well,
You never knew I needed you to save me from this Hell
In life you were a stranger, a familiar passing face,
The bond we were supposed to share, you never would embrace

I met you as a young adult and placed the bar up high,
And everytime you failed to reach, I'd sit alone and cry

In time I saw you, not in hate, or love, just disregard,
The final chapter slowed my beating heart to grey and hard

I held you in an aweful light and placed you on a shelf,
But now as your light starts to dim, I second guess myself

Stories flood my Inbox and soon overwhelm my ears,
Now I see the man behind the mask you wore for years

They say you truly loved me and I always made you proud,
And now I know the words that you could never say out loud.

I love you, Dad.

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