A Mothers’ Pain, The Violence Again

A Mothers’ Pain, The Violence Again

My Mother
Used to cop it
Not just the angry words
My old man said

Like no other
He would deal out his shit
His tongue like a sword
Worse than any I have read

My Mother
Would take it all
Like so many Mothers do
Loving him no matter the pain

Always the Lover
No matter his call
He was like any other too
Saying sorry and doing it again

My Mother
Would hide all her hurt
The bruises and the tears
Just like so many others do

Long sleeves to cover
Bruises under her skirt
Herself not her only fear
She had children too

My Mother
Always loved her man
He loved her as well
And he also knew pain

Two sisters and a brother
Children also know and can
Sometimes see love in Hell
And not trust themselves again

My Mother
Never left my Dad
Though she sometimes tried
And then changed her mind

He was her Lover
Through the happy and the sad
He also knew she cried
He cried and always tried to be kind

My Mother
Knew true Love
And the pain that it can bring
To go or to stay

No-one other
She ever placed above
The one who gave her his ring
And he did learn to walk away

8.18am 26th August 2009 Aust EST
copyright Gregory John O’Flaherty

A Mothers’ Pain, The Violence Again

Gregory John O'Flaherty

Maryborough, Australia

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My Mother never left my Father, but had many a reason to. He was a hard working battler, had a temper, and would sometimes take out his frustrations. He did change, and learnt to just walk out and cool down.
Say no to Violence, especially in yourself. Seek help.
I will not be commenting on this poem.

End Violence Against Women

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