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Stepping out

whispered voices
from dark places
daggered looks
and twisted faces
bonded
in vitriol

a small child
unrestrained
used as a pawn
by many
in this wasted land
of guilty abandonment

a father who can’t handle
his need to take care
tentacles flailing
and no child there
to protect with his bare hands.
it shudders this man, to his core

a wedding invitation
not attended
been there, done that
no need to aspire
to good mother-in-law relations…
she has her mothership docked already

my youthful ignorance fails to see
the collateral damage inflicted on me
by all the hostility.
should I stay or should I go?
I’m blamed for which
is before my time and knowledge

a second wife
inherits the mess
created by others
who never confess
to their sins.
such Angels of virtue they all become

their rightness
and ownership
of children it seems
enables them boldly
to be ever so mean
to her presence

is it wrong
that she’s there?
she becomes a scapegoat
for all the wretchedness
of a situation disbanded.
his symbol, his quest for a future

and through all the underhanded manipulation
all the spearheaded asphyxiation
she wades

washing wet sheets, changing beds
reading the stories
drop offs, pick ups
cooking meals and yet
she is continually reminded
she has no jurisdiction

where’s all the owners
when it comes
to the work?
funny that
they tend to shirk
that right

and try as she might
she’ll never be accepted
if she’s lucky
grudgingly respected
she’ll be wicked, and not related
for the rest of her days

whilst blood relatives
loll in the satisfaction
and relaxation
of the certainty
of that which is theirs
their ownership
doesn’t extend to behaviour

© wildwomenlove poetry
18.04.10

Stepping out

wildwomenlove

ADELAIDE, Australia

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step parenting, now there’s a topic…

when a child really loves you, you know…

step parenting is such an emotional minefield, and it’s not cos of the kids…

the emotional wrench of being separated from your child whom you no longer have full time access too, is a trauma and needs to be treated as such. It requires professional help…

children just want to be loved by everyone, the more people on their side the better, in this big wide world of ours…encourage wonderful relations with their step parents and you will have a happy well balanced kid…and that’s what every parent wants…isn’t it ???

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