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  The Healing
by Phyllis Jean Green
Friday, October 08, 2010
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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The dreaded belt with the big metal buckle
Flying from the back of the bathroom door.

The trudges to cut switches from bushes.
Not green enough, going back to cut

Another.   Green doesn't break as she
The out-of-the-blue rages,
The senseless shouts.

Having to wear long sleeves and long socks.
Being beaten for rolling them.  Being called
Stupid and Stubborn and Nothing but
Trouble.  "Wish you had never been born!"   

The never knowing
And knowing that thinking about telling can get you
Skinned Alive.  One word to the doctor, be the closet.
Keep your trap shut when so-and-so is here.  No
Moping.  No whining.  Do not get dirty.   Stand up
Straight.  What did you say?   Bend over. . .it is over.
It is really over.
No more Belt.  No more Switch.  No more of Their
Knockdown-dragouts and screaming, shouting fits. 
You are Out.    You got Out.   Sandpaper-rough bristles
Of a hairbrush will never again leave stripes on
Tender skin. 

What now?
How do you make good out of bad?

You do your best
To be kind.
To be gentle.
To be thoughtful.

You love.


                          (c)  Phyllis Jean Green

                                for the children

                                October, 2010

Angels That Care

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Reviewed by Justice Jones (Reader)
Oh my...yes ma'am we must make lemonaid out of the lemons. We have all been through so much..but it is amazing that we have survived to tell the stories..we have learned to love ourselves in spite of the madness we have spite of all the hatred and mean words, thoughts and actions that we have been exposed to and tormented by. I like your style. I clicked on your page because of your quote about having the courage to be who you are..which is one of my favorite quotes as well. Take good care of yourself done good. Love and Peace--from Justice
Reviewed by Thurman Faison
Thank you for these words. I like in particular the line, "how do you make good out of bad"? and then you tell us. Excellent!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Pain in these lines --- love shouldn't have to hurt. Well done, (((Pea))).

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
A sharp stab to the heart Phyllis, almost too well penned. Incredible work. Yes, you love, thank God you still can.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
Perfect solution to a horrible puzzle. Patrick
Reviewed by Jon Willey
"The Healing" Phillis. Yes it is indeed all about the healing. And your powerful last line tells that you know it is the only success story that can survive the abuse. "You Love". A dreadful scenario so many have endured and too many still endure. I am thankful you have aired this issue, "for the children". Love and peace to you my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by William Bonilla
Know them words
felt that strap
which left welts on my back
never tattle tell,
thought I've done wrong
wished him death in my night prayers
I was his seed
when He died
There was nothing for me to do
But Cry......
Love & peace be with you

Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
Oh Phyllis, such a painful subject, such a powerful poem.
A most excellent write, indeed. I've long thought the time
is overdue to screen wannabe parents before they are allowed
to bring precious souls into our world...
..."for the children"... always,
peace & blessings,
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
Why people beat is beyond me. Guess they can't control their own stupidity.

Reviewed by Richard King
One of life's dirty little secrets in far too many homes, both then and now I fear. Sad, but a worthwhile read and so well done. Thank You Dick
Reviewed by John Flanagan
The power of this, the charge in it, Pea!
Use of long and short lines, breaking the rhythm, making the rhythm, driving the pain home...and then, a glorious ending.

Reviewed by pat medlin
a raw story of survival and how it is done...almost too painful to read yet hypmotizing
Reviewed by Gene Williamson
You do your best
To be kind.
To be gentle.
To be thoughtful.

You love.

And, Phyllis, methinks that no one does it better than thee.

Reviewed by Barbara Henry
Moving, poignant poem revealing the painfully ugly truth about the lives of many,but you also provided the solution.
Thanks for this sharing.

Barbara Henry
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
Great writing... so sad sweet lady...stay safe and well..Hugsss
Reviewed by Marcia Duning (Reader)
Very good and yes I have read it. Will be on ATC sometime...............
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
amamzing -all that and then out--what to do--that is scary but...the last line--you love-powerful
Reviewed by TONY NERONE
No living being should have to live that way. It is so simple really, if you do not want your children give them up for adoption. Why scar a child for life.

Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe
Very sad. I love your style of writing, vivid imagery.
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Sad, no one should have to grow up that way...not back then, not today, and not in the future.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by steve Chering
"hmm,dedicated to a control freak, and after....the reflection..the outcome...survival.
pretty darn good work.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Love and forgiveness, but never forget. I am so sorry, yet I can relate to your every word...

Be always safe,
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