Glen Hope, PA USA
This is something I think is very worth reading. It was written by a woman named Shirley Davis who is a survivor of child abuse. It certainly hits home and hits hard.
A Child’s Garden Of Curses
By Shirley Davis
(With apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson)
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin-eater
had a wife and loved to beat her.
Put her through a life of hell,
and there he kept her kids as well.
Hush little baby, don’t make a noise.
Don’t ask for food, or clothes, or toys.
Hush, little baby, if you cry
Daddy’s gonna give you a big black eye.
Sing a song of sixpence,
a pocket full of holes.
Four and twenty suppertimes
with rice soup in our bowls.
As I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven wives.
The seven wives had seven brats,
and all the brats had coats and hats.
How many belonged to my father?
Mary, Mary , quite contrary,
how didn’t your garden grow?
With quiet fears and silent tears
and broken dreams all in a row.
Jack Sprat could only curse,
his wife could only scream.
And so between the two of them
their kids learned not to dream.
Mary had a hand-me-down
and shoes not fit to wear.
And every day she went to school
the kids were sure to stare.
Daddy’s in the well
Who threw him in?
(I won’t ever tell.)
Little miss Muffet stood by her tuffet,
eating her heart away.
A man came and spied her
and no one could hide her.
So Miss Muffet’s missing today.
Have you ever noticed
That the words...
"I love you"
Are so easy to pronounce
...Yet so hard to say