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A Child's View of Spouse Abuse
by Linda M Hill

Saturday, September 26, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Sometimes we don't think how a child feels watching Daddy and Mommy fight. Often they feel its their fault. God be with the babies who live in fear every day.

Screaming downstairs,I hear Mama cry
Daddy's at it again, I just want to die.
Fighting and yelling everyday
Not caring of the harsh words they say
Something breaks, I cower in fear
I hear Daddy say..Get out of here
Mama don't leave me...I'm so scared
Don't leave me with him..he never cared
I tremble in my corner crying alone
The fighting downstairs goes on and on

Don't hurt my Mama,  Please go away
I wonder if God would help if I pray
Her screams so loud,  what can I do
What is my Daddy doing to you
I can't go downstairs,  I just cover my head
My tears won't stop,  I crawl under my bed
Screaming and crying , is all I can hear
I feel so alone,  I tremble in fear
Mama stop crying...I can't take this anymore
Just then I hear the slamming of the door

I run downstairs as fast as I can
Mama's on the floor..I reach for her hand
Bruises on her face, she can hardly talk
She tries so hard to get up and walk
Her arms around me, quietly she cries
While any love she had for him slowly dies
Trapped in a prison of pain and hate
No one deserves to have such a fate
Childhood taken away by abuse and tears
Heartache and pain,  wasted years.

Mama, this time was worse
Than its ever been
What will happen when Daddy
Comes home again...

© Linda Hill

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Reviewed by Dark Knight 1/15/2013
your poem ignited old memories that I don't like to recall--a long time ago when I was about 8 I saw my Mother being beaten by our Father in a drunken rage--looking back on it just recently and thinking about it--it brought up a lot of Anger as to where was God in all of that awful moment of time? I recall my older sister crying and then he what I felt was that perhaps God moved my sister to cry and He was actually there after all--for me it was a healing moment
Reviewed by Debbie Lacy 10/6/2012
Oh I have so much melancholy for children in abusive and dysfunctional family environments. I pray that God sends Angels to watch over them because sometimes at a spur of a moment, that all they have! Great write Linda and thanks for sharing. Blessings to you!


Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader) 8/19/2012
So very sad..I will never understand the hows and whys of those that do this.....

God bless,
Reviewed by Good bye (Reader) 6/27/2011
Sometimes violence (physical,mental) is a cry for help that hurts often our dearest and brings terror even death; I experienced it when I was a child...
We have to protect us from it, but not to answer the same way, otherwise we fall in a endless vicious circle.

You described it very well, it is deeply moving, you are a fine heart writer,Linda

Peace & Blessings,
Reviewed by Ronald Dondiego 5/1/2011
I felt so sad reading this poem. It is just so well expressed that I felt the pain in my heart. What can I say? Some people are just monsters and they don't care who they hurt, or about the extent of damage they do to their children. Thank you, Ron
Reviewed by baz busbe 4/23/2011
Wow such a powerful write, I could feel the fear, I feel like hiding under the bed clothes now, I can relate to a lot of what you write, Parents so absorbed in their own troubles seldom consider how its affecting the kids or maybe they just don't want to think of the affect it is having. God bless. baz
Reviewed by Christina McNulty 12/1/2010
Great write, strong, gripping...
You took my Heart and now I weep...
Reviewed by David Maclellan 8/2/2010
I had to choke back a cry as I read this Linda, it is so hard for me to understand how any man could treat his family in this manner. I have done things in my life that I am not proud of, but one of my cardinal rules has never been broken: never lift a hand towards any woman. Only a coward would impose brutality upon someone whom he knows he can beat. I am sorry if I am speaking out of line here but my anguish of reading has turned to anger against him and all men like him.
Love and blessings Linda,
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 11/27/2009
Dear Linda, I feel very badly that you had to endure so much mental abuse. My situation was different but the mental pain was still there. I can realate to you. Love to you forever more.

Reviewed by Daniel Keith 10/22/2009
So sad, but so true. I felt the fear and the trembling of this child. Very well written, Linda. May God bless you every day of your life.

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 10/1/2009
An excellent, but sad write, Linda. This is one of my favorites from you. I like how this one story continues throughout the whole poem. It made me feel the characters' emotions more. Many of yours have several stories in one. Either way, your voice is unique, and you speak for many who cannot speak for themselves.
Reviewed by Regino Gonzales, Jr. 9/28/2009
Reading this piece, I felt the anguish of a suffering child. A powerful write Linda. God Bless!

Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 9/28/2009
well done, it's the side you wish a parent could read and see themself in. It's always the same. LadyJ
Reviewed by Roger Richard (Reader) 9/28/2009
Very good Linda Mae. Sad but true. Keep up the good work.
Reviewed by Paul Judges 9/28/2009
Powerful writing.
Reviewed by Michael Jones 9/27/2009
What I remember about my father is that he allowed my mother and her five children to be put out in the street in the cold of winter, I was 5 years old. If it weren't for me crying on the footsteps of a Catholic Church and a nun found me we would have possibly perished! Thank God and that was the abuse I remember. Through prayer I have learned to forgive him and he knew that we he died at 86 years of age! Thank you Linda and I know I needed to share this. Peace!!!
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 9/27/2009
Oh Linda! What a poem!
It is exceptional! You
described everything in
perfect detail! BRAVA!
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/27/2009
You capture the emotions well, God bless...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/27/2009
Tragically heart-wrenching, Linda. Such horror is a testimonial to "man's" lack of betterment throughout the ages. Thank you. Love and blessings to you,

Reviewed by gaurishankar chemudupati 9/27/2009
Dear sweet friend Lori,you are at your very best.RatherI am moved much
with your expressive words that flowed fluently about the abusing of the parents before children."Childhood taken away by abuse and tears
Heartache and pain, wasted years." you are very apt dear Lori. childhood is the cream of manhood and the precious years wasted in the childhood take away the noble cause for which God has created everyone of us. Tahnk you for sharing your feelings in such apoetic words.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 9/27/2009
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PAINFUL WRITE!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/27/2009
Painful with a capital P, not only because of the child but because it hits a personal note with me. This brought back all too painful memories of my first marriage when it was both my first wife and I were married way too young and before we had a chance to discover we were not only not meant to be we plain out couldn't get along. The difining moment came when my little girl walked out between us in the middle of one of these fights holding our wedding picture.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/27/2009
Heartbreaking write, Linda, powerfully and painfully penned! You tell it like it is; very well written!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( *tears*
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/27/2009
A heartbreaking write, Linda. Told clearly and truthfully though. Excellent work my friend. God bless.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/27/2009
HEARTBREAKING - God help the children! :( Powerfully penned sadness, Linda -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 9/27/2009
Can relate, eighty years ago I thought I was living on a war field because it was my fault, all of it, the screams, the slamming doors, the "words", and nobody apologized, ever.


Reviewed by Richard Arrington 9/26/2009
Linda, This is very good. Thank you for sharing.

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