"Family Portrait"

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

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

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.


Submitted: March 29, 2012

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glitter snow426

oh so powerful very sad, cold too!! You surely did amazing, truly special, shows a lot of heartache, honest feelings,AWESOME WORK, FELT THE COLD, PAIN, EMPTINESS!!

Thu, March 29th, 2012 8:14pm


Aww....thanks! Ur words mean so much to me! XD

Fri, March 30th, 2012 6:01pm


This is such a strong poem. :)

Thu, March 29th, 2012 8:39pm


Thank you! XD

Fri, March 30th, 2012 5:58pm


I'm so sorry for what happened. But the fact that you're moving on is a good thing :)
It's becoming a cliche but I really like this too "Pain turns to scars"---This is my favorite line :D

Sun, April 1st, 2012 9:44am


I think everyone that has been through this can relate to this and this was hard for me to write because it brought back horrible memories, but I felt it was something I had to share because you don't read poems about divorce although many tell tales on their profiles about it.

Thanks for commenting! Always looking forward to your comments! Thanks!

Sun, April 1st, 2012 8:29am


As a child of divorce, I suffered this way. As a man who broke off a relationship with someone I shared children with...I am certain my children felt this way. This poem was poignant and heart felt. It touched me deeply. Thank you!

Sun, April 1st, 2012 6:17pm


Divorce is not a fun thing to go through and it can really mess-up alot of people. It did for me when my parents split and later divorced. Lesson learned is that everything happens for a reason and all we can do is hope that we learn from it and move on.

Glad that you love the poem! Sorry about what you went through...that sucks.

Sun, April 1st, 2012 2:44pm


i can feel how painful it is for those people who have separated parents although im not one of them..well, i have a different case, i was the one being separated from my parents but still, i can relate to this..
another touching poem...

Tue, April 3rd, 2012 10:51am


Thank you! It means alot!

Sun, April 8th, 2012 11:26am


again, nicely done. a strong ending. that was i needed to see, what happened to everyone involved. thanks.

Wed, April 4th, 2012 8:43am


Thank you! I'm glad you like it!

Sun, April 8th, 2012 10:59am


This poem is absorbed with lots of pain and suffering, it is so deep that each and every words goes inside the heart and left us disturb. A perfect portrait of pain felt by children who suffered this, loved it !

Sat, April 7th, 2012 12:06pm


Thank you...it was a rough time in my life and for years I've been trying to think of a way express that period in my life in poetry, but I never could put the words down on paper to describe it...until now.

Sun, April 8th, 2012 10:32am

Vampire slayer

this was such a sad and emotional poem. You can feel the pain and hurt. the way you have expressed this is amazing you are such an amazing writer. It is really sad that things like this happen in this world. I apoloutely loved it

Tue, April 10th, 2012 8:31am


Aww...thank you! XD

Sun, June 24th, 2012 5:42pm

Davinder Ranu

So powerful emotional deep poem I have no idea what to say......your a genius!...

Mon, April 16th, 2012 6:39am


Nah...just a natural poet! Lol. Thanks!

Mon, June 11th, 2012 6:19am

fresh spirits

I can not say this is an amazing poem for the sadness is so clear and well portrayed.Divorce s the worst part of ones life it keeps u hanging between life and death with uncertainty.To me I have a mother and need non beside her for my dad passed away before I recognized the world issues.So to support with the right words is hard for me.Good Job.

Mon, April 16th, 2012 2:35pm


I greatly appriciate your kind words! They do mean alot!

Thank you!

Mon, June 11th, 2012 6:14am

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