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Nobody Dares
by John H Bidwell
Monday, April 18, 2011
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Nobody Dares


Mom stepped outside for a moment.

Maybe it was to water plants, or pick up the paper.

One of us kids shut the door-

Can’t remember which one.

I was the oldest, 10.

Turns out it locked.


She rings the doorbell-

Fast as we can we get it.


“I don’t know how you kids ever learned to be so cruel-

Lock your mother out of the house-

Embarrass her in front of the whole neighborhood.”


“Mommy mommy please, it was an accident-

I’m sorry.”


“Yeah right, doors don’t shut by accident.”


Nobody dares mess up in this house…

Where there are no accidents…

And we have been taught

To cry over spilt milk.


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Reviewed by lois christensen 9/26/2013
Childhood memories - good and bad - i've them also.
Reviewed by CJ Heck 5/20/2011
It sounds like you had a difficult childhood, John. My inner child's heart reaches out to yours with a hug. It always amazes me -- volumes are spoken in a poem, and though the lines are few, the pain is faced, embraced, and there is a cleansing that comes from feeling the words as we are writing them. Well done, John, well done.
Hugs to you,
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/19/2011
I feel it John, my mother was a perfectionist too. I couldn't eat eggs when I was a child they made me sick. She would cook them for breakfast and if I didn't eat them I would still be sitting there that evening when my Daddy came home, then to bed with no supper. This poem goes deep into your memories and wounds. I'm so sorry for your pain.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 4/19/2011
Sounds like Mother ran a tight ship....funny the things we remember...enjoye this little glimpse into your childhood, John.

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 4/18/2011
Double spaced...lines in between could solve the mystery...
lessons learned? Ponderings enough to read more than once
cleverly penned by John.
Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/18/2011
Interesting turn of events that come out in this work...makes one wonder.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/18/2011
It has been said that there are no accidents. I would have loved to be curbside. Patrick
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 4/18/2011
Oh, I've been there. . .this is really a good poem about a certain kind of parenting. Even with strict rules, there's still a lot of love.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 4/18/2011
Every one makes mistakes darlin....your mom loved you very much sighhh........little boys are little boys now little girls well that another story sweet John.....lovely as always have a wonderful and safe day OK...Hugss,much love too crying allowed ya hear me...sighhhh
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/18/2011
Family life gives great ideas for writing...e
Reviewed by Richard King 4/18/2011
Spilt milk or sour milk, it's 6 of one and half dozen of the other. Or is it? Nice write John, but I think there were probably other factors at work here.

Thanks Dick
Reviewed by Laura Fall 4/18/2011
A moving write Laura

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