“The saddest thing..
the wish to break free from your life!”
The saddest thing..
at 10, to hear my Dad stating,
not knowing his earlier strife –
I’d understand in adult life..
the saddest thing.
Writing a rondelet for dverse. Here I recall myself on holiday at Butlin’s Minehead (Somerset), excited at having my second 7 inch single (Queen’s “I want to break free”). I eagerly showed my Dad, who then shared this solemn wisdom with me. Less than a year later he died, and it was only then that I learnt he’d had a wife prior to my mother, and that I actually had a half-brother (plus a nephew and niece). I often reflect on those words of his and understand them better with each passing year.