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  Divorce -Indivisible LITTLE Child
by Karen Gallo Dunn
Tuesday, December 04, 2001
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Divorce confuses Little Ones......especially around the holiday season.....


Hey! I'm Indivisible But I'm not invisible
I'm only -- just LITTLE !
When Parents scream and fight
I'm caught right --smack --dab in the middle!
I get so scared and full of fright
Could a heart break hurt a little tike?
Ain't I too LITTLE to suffer?
Don't know how to Lie to one
To Please the other!
Is Battle for Custody
A Martial Art?
Why am I split in two and torn apart?
Why do they shoot arrows
through my LITTLE heart?
Was this divorce caused by LITTLE me?
They treat each other mean and cruelly
Then, they tell me stuff -- privately
They confide in me - Like I'm an Adult
Is this really all my fault?
What will I grow up to be
Creepy feelings come over LITTLE me
I think it's called lack of confidence and INSECURITY
An introvert -- instilled in me
What am I to believe?
Am I the one -- the evil seed?
Shut your mouth -- don't talk back!
I'm confused which way to act!
Why oh Why -
When tempers fly - And life is not in accord
LITTLE me becomes the target
Used as their punching board!
Since the Divorce I get tossed around
Mom bakes more cookies
Dad acts like a Circus clown
They say bad things about each other
Why can't I love MY Father AND also MY Mother?
If I choose -- I loose
I am being so abused!
Oh, and Holidays,
I get double stuff
they fuss over me
can't give me enough!
I get tossed from one to the other
I just want to get my gifts run, hide -- take cover
Hide like a bandit --
don't they know I just can't stand it!
Too LITTLE to know -- just what to do
how do I split myself in two?
How much can I pretend
ME for HER --
some other
ME for HIM?
Court Orders tell me where to stay
Then, when I visit - I get Ignored
Then I get Bored
"Go Out and Play" or they just 'say,
Hey, I'm not invisible
Just love LITTLE me!
Dear God Up Above:
I am so Grateful for Your Precious Love
Please Keep my Guardian Angel Close
I'm surrounded by scary nightmares, noises and ghosts.



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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/29/2008
The children always suffer, most - powerfully penned sadness, Karen - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Axilea MU 12/6/2007
Your poem is poignant. There is a lot of truth about selfish adults, those who try to spoil with too many gifts but can't give enough love, Court Orders that can be totally absurd...

But then, in many cases divorce is the only solution and sometimes it also means a more peaceful environment and a safer life for some children. There are so many different cases, aren't there?

Thank you Karen for making us think.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 2/9/2007
hit home for me as well-my parents divorced as did i-a good thought provoking write--such a travesty, divorce, even in the less destructive cases.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 3/31/2005
This made me cry Karen, because it hit home for me. I took my mother 12 years to finally get rid of me. What does a parent think a child can do to her or him? It is not right, that children have to be pulled apart inside, while being tugged at from both sides on the outside. This is very emotional, very powerful, so very poignant. May the Lord Jesus bless you, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & (((HUGS))), Barbie

"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Lesa 4/9/2003
WOW! What a great poem.It is so true! I know a few people who could learn something from this poem.
Reviewed by Sandi Schraut 12/28/2001
I am watching my grand babies go thru this as u write it and it makes me mourn the loss of innocence so sad, parents need to remember the kids point of view
Reviewed by Michelle Furlong 12/13/2001
That is a wonderful peom. I love the way Karen writes. Enables you to feel what the child is feeling. Excellent
Reviewed by Trixie Love 12/6/2001
Oh Karen,
This one made me so teary eyed...
It sents out such a extream powerful message...
It made me think back
to when i was going
through my divorce from
my youngest sons father.
Billy my son would come
home after a visit with his dad...
I could tell there was something deeply bothering him...
Finally, he would open up to me...and asked,
why does my dad say bad things about you?
I asked my daddy why does he always make me cry?
As he was telling me this...his tears were
just pouring...
Parents better wake up
and realize the negative
inpact this takes on a childs little heart...
I hope that many people
read this...and really
think about what they are doing to their innocent child.
This was heartwretching.
Beautiful and very powerful...

Excellent job.

Reviewed by Diane Szkutnicki 12/5/2001
Karen, Although I have never been in this situation as a child,I can understand what these children are going through.May their guardian angels protect them all. Diane
Reviewed by Mark J. Gallo 12/5/2001
It's an insight one can relate to if one's been there. If one hasn't it's a point of view that people need to look at and understand - the heart of the little people
Reviewed by Wayne 12/4/2001
Right on! Good work Karen.
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Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 12/4/2001
Karen, I don't think that I've ever read a better point of view from a childs perspective. God bless them all. Janet
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