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"Family Portrait"

Poetry By: Christian Taylor

A very personal poem about my parent's divorce and the aftermath from it.

Submitted:Mar 29, 2012    Reads: 766    Comments: 11    Likes: 7   

Always knew we're never happy;
Never was a day without an argument or demand.
Constant yelling and nagging;
Why oh why did this happen?
Mother demanded; father filed.
War of words with no winners;
Two young souls in the middle,
Trying to figure it; stay out of it.
Crying inside the family was; under all the yelling.
A marriage incapable of surviving;
Whose telling the truth?
He said, she said,
Which parent can a young soul believe?
Why couldn't we be a family?
Why not be like the family portrait?
What's mine?
What's yours?
Oblivious to the pain you inflect;
Consequences you never saw coming.
For the young souls caught in the middle;
Ever noticed the pain in their eyes?
Too busy worrying you, never mind them you raised.
Acting you never loved or cared;
Just push them aside.
Leaving them to fend for themselves;
Damage is done;
Everything left up to lawyers and judges.
Why couldn't we be a family?
Why not be like the family portrait?
Time moves on,
Details become clear; yet still a blur.
Pain turns to scars;
Still raw, but fading into oblivion.
Memories of the moments still exist,
Unforgotten memories for two young souls;
Whose lives changed forever.
Grown-up now, still haunted by the memories.
A 'D' word silenced to their ears and mind.
Never was like a family portrait,
A father never the same; forever bitter and disgust.
A mother choosing to lose her kids for a life; of newlywed bliss and freedom.
A brother burying the pain without proper understanding; leaving loved ones behind.
As for me, memories never gone and scars still invisible…eight years later.


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