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Saturday, May 22, 2010
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i have just dealt with a couple of horrific child abuse issues as well as the horrors of Ethan Stacey's last days here in utah



Under the bed and creatures in the closets,

Monsters lurk in the minds of children.

Parents and Adults attempt to quiet their fears,

With nightlights, sweet stories and ‘happily ever after’ tales.


But children have real monsters to fear,

Hiding and lurking about,

Bullies at school and the danger of strangers,

And homework that just can’t be done.


There is the damnation of God

Or the hellfire of the devil himself.

Ill suited parents who scream yell and hit,

Or choose one addiction or the other over them.


School bullies who never take a break,

Torment their victims day after weary school day.

The broken promises of careless adults,

Bring disappointment deeper than they can bear.


Some kids are shot or even beaten to death,

(They hear it on the news).

Rapist and molesters sneak in after bedtime,

Speaking threats to terrifying not to head.


Big people who leave bruises and break little bones,

And kids who get shot in the crossfire of gangsters,

Cancer and diseases that make no sense at all.

All this adds up to countless monsters to fear,

Those in the closets and under the bed,

Those just might be their best friends.



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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/8/2010
Sad, harsh but very real; thank you, Karen. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 6/5/2010
I deal with these monsters every day and I have to look at the fear in these childrens eyes and my heart goes out to them. This poem should be read by all parents and in all the schools. Making people aware what is going on out there is what we all have to do.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 6/3/2010
Horrible things to think about, so well penned and heart wrenching.
Reviewed by Paul Judges 6/3/2010
A very powerful poem, Karen
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 5/31/2010
Karen, this so breaks my heart....
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 5/28/2010
A m e n !!!

Only wish I thought that the people who most need to read this
could be made to. You have done a beautiful job with
a deeply depressing and utterly maddening subject: the maltreatment
of children in all its many -- and monstrous -- forms. You and I know
well the toll it can take. Our personal and professional backgrounds
have for good a n d ill put us inside, looking out (so to speak. . .sorry I can't think how to put it right}. Big plus is that we
gained compassion. Yours shines in every word you write!!

Love you!

Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 5/26/2010
This tears at ones heart ! A VERY SAD TRUEISM!...M
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/23/2010
Monsters of the worse kind is those at home in plain view, disguised as parents.


Reviewed by Liana Margiva 5/23/2010
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 5/22/2010
..this is where my heart breaks,,I just can't imagine a child hurt in ANY way!
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 5/22/2010
Child abuse is a terrible thing. I think you captured the essence of it in this fine writing.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/22/2010
I feel your compassion and your caring of the victims, and I know you put your your heart words and your heart into reality by reaching out to help so many of these kids. I too believe the penalties for the monsters are too minimal and society has got to take a more protective attitude against domestic and sexual abuse.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 5/22/2010
Stark reality of when sperm penetrates the creates more than a child. Monsters they are, Karen...

Reviewed by George Carroll 5/22/2010
Sounds like the world we live in no matter the State.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/22/2010
Yes. Real monsters are real, not hidden within the piles of dust bunnies under the bed. we have become a nation where child abuse is excused for one left-wing point or another. When I was growing up children were beaten by their parents and more or less nothing was done about it. But if a stranger harmed a child it was his ass to pay. I have said it before and I will say it again and again: perverts who molest a child under thirteen should be pout to death, if he molest a child over the age of thirteen natural life in prison. These days they mollycoddle child abusers. Shame on this country concerning this subject and so many things.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 5/22/2010
the real world is the worst Karen, you're right the monsters under the bed are really harmless physically, very good poetic point, cheers

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