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  Frost Blight
by Phyllis Jean Green
Monday, June 20, 2005
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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Although the poem is about my father, It didn't feel right to post
it on Father's Day. Maybe I was wrong? Countless people have
deeply flawed relationships with their fathers. I am sure you agree
it is important to try to understand what went wrong. I know a lot of
really great dads -- starting with my husband, my son, and my son-in-law.
But not everyone is able to overcome unhealhy influences, are they?
Particularly if they occur early in life. Combine them with hyper-
sensitive temperament and other built-in hurdles, and parenthood
may prove too much. Obviously, this is true of women, as well.
My own mother being a case in point. My father and mother
were ice and fire, you might say. Something terrible happened
that made them their own worst enemies. The marriage demolished
the few strong underpinnings each still possessed. Each had
fantastic qualities. To think how much was wasted is devastating.
Sorry this intro is so long. Too much water -- 'et al' -- under the
bridge! I'd appreciate it if you would let me know how "Frost
Blight" affects you. Peace, Love, and Creativity, 'Pea' <3


             Frost Blight 

I try to forget by remembering
my father lived the life of a little boy.
Photographs show black-coffee brows.
Black-coffee waves and chocolate irises
long-lashed and tilted at the outer corners
so his eyes disappeared when he smiled.
At three, he was reading words.
At four, he was correcting sentences.
At six, he memorized all his books
and drove his sisters crazy counting,
editing, dissecting.  The boy was small
for his age.    Shy, he tended to frown.
Four sisters shook the house enough
without a brother coming along
who though no better looking was adored
for his devil-may-care “real boy” ways.
More and more, his siblings shunned
the boy.  For one, he accused his sisters
of  “trying to turn me into a sissy.”
They hadn’t!  They swore!  Where had A.
gotten the notion? Why didn’t. he horse
with other boys?   Those beetle brows.
It wasn’t normal.   I often wonder.
Back then, he and the others helped
wait on the boarders who helped
keep a roomy two-story until job income
rose to the point that the bedrooms
upstairs could be parceled to family.
In time, all the children had rooms
of their own.   Own baths, yet.
But then.  But then.  A series of strangers
came and went.   All men.    The boy
who was in and out,  who fetched
and toted, was pretty as a picture
and smart as a whip.   And an innocent.
The man he became was shut off.
Frigid, cautious, unforgiving.  Muscle
was a frequent subject.  Little women
were to toe the line.  Am I wrong,
or was some evil,  unprincipled boarder --
boarders? -- responsible?   Maybe
the love A. could not give lay bleeding
on the floor of an upstairs bedroom?
A portrait of Daddy in his twenties
shows a man with dark star looks
who would never know what hit him.

           (c)  Phyllis Jean Green 

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Honest verses to which many will relate, Phyllis. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci

I could feel this poem, its questions, its empathy,
even in a sense, him. You have done an amazing job
with this "shows" and brings to surface our
humanness, and I am appluading you for that!
Thank you for posting this, and for what you have conveyed
through your words!
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
A powerfully raw write, Phyllis. You touch many a frayed nerved here.
May your father's soul be a peace.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel
One mist be careful when choosing spouse is not to choose the opposite sign. if you are born a "fire" sign, then don't choose someone who is born under a "Water" sign, for your "fire" might be diminished by the "water".

Choose one that is suitable and compatible always make great pair to live a happy life; but then this was only suggested to me by others, I don't know how or if there are any scientific findings. Of course, the personalities of the person should first be considered. Kindness of another will go a long way.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Mark Mahoney
A powerful write this, captured to perfection all you wanted to say, a truly remarkable well written emotional write, very well done...Mark
Reviewed by The Smoking Poet
Phyllis, you've reached deep to try to find understanding for another soul, your father's, and traced it back as far as you could, then put it to poetry. And you are right, none of our families are perfect, but there too lies the lesson in love and acceptance, and the test that often leads to our own growth. Well done.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Sad but powerful!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

A profound writing from a true poetic pen. "Frost Blight"
inspires and teach.

Thank You for posting Your treasures.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Handsum Hart
a very sad yet powerful write

sometimes the truth is not pretty

take care
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi
Very emotional ...

God bless,

Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
Just Got To Believe There's No Forgiveness In The Eye's Of (God)_

My Bastard Father' Burning In Holy Hell...

You Do Did Get It Off Your Chest,i.e. Peace Of Mind-YOUR's...

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Powerfully poignant...this one hurts. :( I'm sorry you went through this (((HUGS)))

Love, Karla. :(

I, too, have been fortunate.
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Full of the deep emotions to be expected from your situation.
Sad that some have to experience this. My sons could have written worse about their father(my husband) cruel and even evil at times.
Which is why I divorced him. The mental cruelty was even worse than his physical abuse. I surely understand your feelings Pea, and the write was superbly done! I thank God my father was a gem!

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
poignant read, sweet pea; very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Uh-oh... loud bells ring with my own genealogy, Sweet Pea!! Same lines, different story... take a look, if you like, at my "I Never Called You Daddy" poem, which I did only recently; I think you will find the photo paints a similar picture! An honest and sensitive write, Phyllis, and it is healing, I think, when we can assume an equality with our parents by standing alongside them and trying to see things as they did at the time. Bless you for this: a comfort to those of us who find we are almost in the same boat! TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Sue Hess
wonderfully thought out and written, you are obviously trying to understand
Reviewed by E. Richardson
Very poignant, very well written, Phillis. Such destructive relationships, whether they be between chldren and parents, husband and wives or lovers are very sad. I have kinda been there and done that. This is an exceptional write.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
But not everyone is able to overcome unhealhy influences, are they?
Particularly if they occur early in life. Combine them with hyper-
sensitive temperament and other built-in hurdles, and parenthood
may prove too much. Obviously, this is true of women, as well.

I try to forget by remembering
my father lived the life of a little boy.

A very sad nostalgic write, Phyllis.
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