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A Child's Losses

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Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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since 08-26-99
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northern mountains, Idaho


0 posted 04-19-2000 03:30 AM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney



A childís losses
behind her motherís ghost
of horrors; she cannot find the causes
of the fears that haunt her most.
~ ~ ~
I hid behind my
fatherís furor, a child in the mirror,
beneath the bed of motherís terror, thinking
my birth perhaps an error.
~ ~ ~
A childís haunted
when she has no place to hide;
at school sheís taunted, and at home,
she can be no oneís pride.
~ ~ ~
I grew up with a
broken space between my
mind and soul; and only God can fill
the place, and make the fracture whole.

© Copyright 2000 Rosemary J. Gwaltney - All Rights Reserved
netswan
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1 posted 04-19-2000 03:35 AM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

Rosemary, oh so sad,  what heart breaking
poem -- well written  and challenge well
met.

Sigh, it appears that many poets in here,
have many childhood tears.

netswan
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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northern mountains, Idaho


2 posted 04-19-2000 03:59 AM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

netswan - I didn't think of this as a response to a challenge.  It started out as purely a story of my mother's severe mental illness, and my father's occasional rage, and the effect on me, but I can see where it led you.  Thank you for your comments.
lucky
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3 posted 04-19-2000 04:15 AM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

Honey, I'm sorry that someone would think such a subject a challange. I love you baby not to worry...

Your husband

[This message has been edited by lucky (edited 04-19-2000).]
Marina
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4 posted 04-19-2000 12:03 PM       View Profile for Marina   Email Marina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marina

Now you have family here at Passions to help fill your void also!

Marina
Martie
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5 posted 04-19-2000 02:03 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Rosemary--A powerful tear stained poem...hugs!
Songbird
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6 posted 04-19-2000 09:03 PM       View Profile for Songbird   Email Songbird   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Songbird's Home Page   View IP for Songbird

So sadly true but beautifully expressed.
lucky
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7 posted 04-20-2000 03:36 AM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

Oh my dearest... sigh... now He's brought it all to pass. I love you.

Your Dearest.
lucky
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8 posted 04-27-2000 09:04 PM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

If again I may... I'd have to say what a fonderful friend your dad has been, and your mother, my english teacher. Man... What a preacher she is been. But I'd have to tell you through it all I wouldn't change a thing large or small. Can I say... your my love and your my all.
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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9 posted 04-27-2000 09:18 PM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

Oh, my sweet friends and dear husband lucky - how I appreciate your responses to a subject I found difficult to write about!
~ ~ ~
Marina - you're quite right - writing here at Passions, and discovering what my fellow-poets think is a most healing thing!
~ ~ ~
netswan, Martie, Septsong - your kindness means more to me than I could ever say.
~ ~ ~
And Dale, (lucky) your love holds me above all the waves of sorrow.  I love you passionately with everything in me, and always will.
~ ~ ~




†The spiritual wind that holds survivors aloft, plants the seeds from which bloom new hope ... R.J.G.




[This message has been edited by Rosemary J. Gwaltney (edited 04-27-2000).]
hoot_owl_rn
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Rosemary...your poetry never ceases to touch places deep within me. Your words speak volumes.
Love and hugs  
Ruth
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11 posted 05-02-2004 09:09 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

this is so sad, but I can relate
 
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