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Seeking their Approval
by Ken Connelly

Saturday, February 10, 2007
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An emotionaly abused child as an adult tries to plead for the love of his parents.

Seeking their Approval


Not what his mother wanted.

He is not what she dreamed.

A life full of pain, tormented you see.

Confused as a boy,

Who loves me?

Serving many masters; 

Taking all that they can.

Never one happy,

Never one proud.

His mistakes are made legend.

My mistakes make me sad.

Father’s excuses and mother’s demand.

When I finally spoke up they slapped me down again.

You will never be fit,

Never good enough for our love.

You’re an excuse and a curse.

No, I am a man.

Look here and look there;

Mirrors held in parents hands.

You don’t know what you remember;

Listen to us.

You’re a beast, you’re a villain.

Forgive us once, forgive us twice.

We don’t answer to you.

God gave us this rite.

Like a thief on the loose;

We’ll rob you tonight.

In the morning you’ll accuse us.

To much our delight.

Twisting and turning each word that you say.

We will never be wrong;

Just go away.



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Reviewed by Sophia Choudhury 5/28/2010
so sad and so true---if only parents could accept that they have the loveliest child in the world-----have seen so much of this----my heart goes out to those tiny faces questioning life and wondering if there is a God!
Reviewed by John Domino 9/6/2008
It's sometimes hard to just grow up in this crazy world.
I had a tough father. He was very abusive. My toughts were so negative then - it haunts me still today.
The things I did - I should have gone to prison.
Now I do prison ministry and write books about the experiences.

God Bless,

Brother in Christ,

John Michael
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 5/8/2008
bEEN THERE, MY PARENTS THROUGHT i SHOULD DO GOOD IN SCHOOL AND GET ALL A's, which i did mostly. They had a way they wanted me raised, but they did the best they could with me and I turned out alright, just Manic Depressive Bi Polar. O.K. with me to live with that. I loved your poem and I've been through it. It's painfully and tears you apart sometimes and you know not whether you are coming or going?
Reviewed by Phyllis Du'Gas 3/25/2007
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 3/15/2007
I've been there and know the pain. holly
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 2/12/2007
wow heartbreaking and sad
sometimes we just have to let go of those who hurt and cause pain
even if it is our perents we got to find the strength inside and sometimes we must realize tha God is our real parents and his/her love is enuf.......
Reviewed by CJ Heck 2/10/2007
Oh my Kenneth, this is so heartbreaking. It's so unfortunate that a child ever goes through this. You've done a wonderful job writing about it -- thank you for sharing this.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 2/10/2007
Such a sad write, but even more sad it is a realistic life for many! Great write concerning a sad topic!
Joyce B...
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 2/10/2007
how incredibly sad--and no, they never stop seeking their approval
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