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Sleeping More Peaceful
by Steve E Ralph
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Sleeping more peaceful than Ive ever seen,
A beautiful smile on her face,
The torment and troubles that woman went through,
Are gone without leaving a trace,

Such contrast from yesterdays tantrums and tears,
And threats of what shes going to do,
Sleeping more peaceful than Ive ever seen,
After all of the things shes been through,

Gone are the nightmares that invaded her sleep,
And stabbed at her heart like a knife,
Gone is the terror of sexual abuse,
She suffered all her married life,

The fear turned to hatred as she turned to drink,
Its all she had to blot out the pain,
They locked him in prison for nearly six years,
Then she heard he was back out again,

And he wasnt the type to forgive and forget,
No hed make her suffer alright,
Ten years of marriage had taught her the truth,
Of his viscousness night after night,

A court order against him would be of no use,
Shed tried that before in the past,
And he stayed away for a couple of days,
But the peace she enjoyed didnt last,

He broke into her hostel, had his evil way,
With her throat at the point of a knife,
Told her to do everything she was told,
And he might, only might spare her life,

Oh she had him arrested, and they put him away,
And at first it was such a relief,
But he phoned her from prison to say what hed do,
To her as soon as he was released,

She said that the phone call was the worst thing of all,
Because she knew then shed never be safe,
She hated to be in the house on her own,
Every shadow there was held his face,

Every squeek of the floorboards, every creek of the stairs,
Sent her running for somewhere to hide,
Telling her children that all would be well,
While gradually dieing inside,

With her drinking increasing, the kids were put into care,
But that was another mistake,
For that drove her further back into dispair,
It was more than she was willing to take,

They visited often, but each time she was worse,
It took more whiskey to blot out the pain,
Screaming and crying, and threatening death,
If ever he came here again,

I went to see her, when I heard the news,
That father was going to be free,
I knocked and I waited outside mothers door,
But mother would not answer me,

I found her still sleeping so peaceful and quiet,
Sleeping the sleep of a child,
Sleeping more peaceful than Id ever seen,
On her lips the most beautiful smile,

It was like she was having the most wonderful dream,
And at first I did not understand,
Untill I saw the half empty bottle of scotch,
And the bottle of pills in her hand,

In the end it was easy, shed found her escape,
And I lay by her side for a while,
Cuddling mother while she was asleep,
The way that I did as child,

By S.E.Ralph..


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Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/29/2007
This poem is so heart-breaking, the sad thing is, it is all to true for many, outstanding poem.

Reviewed by Erin Woods 5/20/2007
So touching...and unfortunately too often so real...fine work Steve...erin
Reviewed by E. Richardson 5/19/2007
so loving and so outstanding piece of work my friend.
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 5/19/2007
You made me cry....such excellence of writing,brilliant!
Best wishes always
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 5/17/2007
Oh my,cant stop my tears...Hugsssssssss
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/15/2007
So painful. Thank you for sharing, Steve. Love and peace,

Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 5/15/2007
What a great depiction of that life. LadyJ
Reviewed by Joyce Rapier 5/15/2007
I cried reading your poem. No human should be subject to torture through mental abuse or any other kind of inhuman atrocities. Too many families go through your descriptive poem. If by chance this poem it true to your life, I am so sorry for the pain and loss.

If not, your poem should be posted in all police stations, hospitals or other institutions where those persons having this structure in their life could read it. If a picture is worth a thousand words, your poem paints a million.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/15/2007
So heartbreakingly sad, Steve, and something far too many families have endured.
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