I had to unfriend you
because of the words that you said
Of the things your Mother did
as they lodged inside my head.
I don't think you realize
how hard it is to be,
A Mother of children
and that we're trying as hard as can be.
I appreciate your perspective
but I don't think you understand,
That no matter how difficult the task
there's no need for abusive hands.
To make a child deal with
match burning of your siblings feet,
And turn your bedroom into a prison cell
with no option to be treated differently.
To force your child to eat food
beyond their capabilites,
And to make it taste absolutely nasty
to try to bring repentance materially.
To lock a child in the room
just to try to bring them to their knees,
Because you feel when discipline doesn't work
the intensity must become beyond extreme.
To take away everything
your daughter thoroughly adored,
And focus on treating her like a slave
doing all the family chores.
To remove all pretty clothing,
jewelry, books and hobbies too
And make her live a life
with nothing fun to wear or do.
To make her scarred she might be pregnant
or even worse have aids,
And demand that she get tested
every one hundred and eighty days.
You threaten that if this is true
you'll kick her out for sure,
Making her life more miserable by taking away
the medicine she was given for a cure.
You deny her the celebration
of her monumental eighteenth birthday,
All the while ostracizing her
from the family dinner table camaraderies.
You take away her drivers license
and change all bank accounts too,
For you believe she must be a thief
for any of this to be true.
You destroyed all her baby pictures
declaring she's no longer your beautiful child,
Telling her no man would ever want her
since she's now a thoroughly used product.
You state she won't get married
in a white wedding dress,
For the only color appropriate
is a black one that will fit the occasion best.
You inflicted 7 years of reaping
since all of this came about,
From a man 28 years older that
raped and took her virginity out.
You believe for me to share my story
and how I have overcome all of this,
Means that I'm not healed
and to talk of this is too much a risk.
Yet I believe if you look and see
these circumstances have made me who I be,
And to have forgiven my Mother
doesn't mean I must keep my story undercover.
Forgiveness doesn't mean
there still aren't life long affects,
That have to be dealt with
as I live with memories I can never forget.
I'm sorry that you don't see
that I'm happy since being made free,
And that I absolutely have no regrets
of leaving home without my parents blessing me.
I'm glad to know
the real reason you unfriended me,
Even though it hurts
as to the perspective that you see.
I hope someday you'll see
that to share your horrific story,
Doesn't mean that your not healed
or that you've not forgiven the ones abusing thee.
But no matter your perspective yet
I'll live the truth without regret,
For I know what I've received
by loving those who intentionally hurt me.
I've got a story I have to share
to help others stuck in despair,
For I know what life can be
when you live in freedom authentically.
Poem Written By: @mistywgilbert
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