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I remember ever since I was a 
kid being called bastard.
The mention of the words 
seems to be followed by giggles 
and laughter.
Seems to be relived at the 
beginning of every chapter.
But it I shouldn't be amazed.
For seems to be a joking trend 
amongst friends these days.
Imprinting a label on me that 
can't ever be erased.
But do you hear me laughing 
better yet do you see me 
Where every time it's spoken 
my identity becomes more 
Raised by a mother and 
mentions of a ghostly man.
Never really was able to 
Why I wasn't ever part of his 
For these emotions use to eat 
me up inside.
But I always was able to hide.
 The feeling of abandonment, 
pain and lies.
But you still call me bastard like 
its a nice thing to do.
Not knowing how lucky you to 
be raised by two.
My family is forever divided.
I searched but can't find him.
And I honestly don't want to 
look no more.
But you call me bastard with 
out ever seeing a grin on my 
Not realizing the pain it creates. 
A word that is left with so much 
Hopefully none you never have 
to deal with a word bastard 

Copyright © Robert Hanna

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  1. Date: 9/20/2012 1:01:00 AM
    Poignant write Robert! Love the matter-of-factly way you've dealt with the theme showing the effects of words and those on whose tongues they roll so freely without a care. Nicely delivered!

    Hanna Avatar Robert Hanna
    Date: 9/20/2012 9:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much :)
  1. Date: 9/19/2012 10:48:00 AM
    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you today Robert. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. Hoping you find even more inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Thank you for sharing your writing with us. Love, Carol 09/19/2012

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 7:26:00 AM
    'bastard' carries the (so-called) sin of the (so-called) guilty mother onto the (said-to-be-no-longer) innocent child... that's the result of our (so-called) christian morality... Terry (Splendid poem)

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 11:09:00 PM
    Reminds me a little bit of "A Boy Named Sue" by the late Johnny Cash. Overall, this is an impressive write. The words you have used give it a unique character.

    Hanna Avatar Robert Hanna
    Date: 9/19/2012 2:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry