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Groomed Betrayal

I was not the bastard son with whom
You struggled to survive
I was the second child of a first marriage 
Whom you opted to deprive.

He was the emotional one
Always taking mommy’s hand
I was the strong one often 
Pretending to understand

“He needs me more than you do,”
Are the words that you would mutter
As you carefully groomed my nemesis 
Instead of being my mother

Long drives, you used to take 
To clothe him in OP Wear
While taking me to Goodwill,
And I knew it wasn’t fair

You begged him to come with you
When you filed for divorce
While leaving me with an empty house,
Showing no remorse

Years later we connected when I 
Didn’t hate you so much
Nothing really changed; for, you
Still lacked a mother’s touch

You made him elaborate meals 
in a house so very grand
And proceeded to make excuses 
Expecting me again to understand

When you died, it was I who found 
You lying on the floor
Because I was the strong one,
Like you said before

The chosen one sold your property
While seemingly not so sad
While I cried for a week straight 
For the mother I never had.

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  1. Date: 5/21/2010 5:33:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Kimberly in the contest "Mother" sponsored by A Rambling Poet. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/20/2010 2:12:00 PM
    Am speachless... Excellent write Kimme. I love words and how you express them. I too understand "For the mother I never had"

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 5:51:00 PM
    Kimberly a very touching rememberance of the one who failed you as a mother. This is something that I also have seen among other families. Something that is hard to get out of one's mind so that love might replace resentment. Congratulations on your HM in the competition. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 5/8/2010 9:16:00 PM
    Congrats Kimberly on your winning poem in the Mother contest...with this "beauty" .. a wonderful win for u to enjoy...Happy Mother's Day ..luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 3/10/2010 4:45:00 PM
    A well expressed poem I really enjoyed..

  1. Date: 2/12/2010 11:45:00 AM
    this is very emotional... brutal honesty it would moved nicely... just thought I should let you know

  1. Date: 2/7/2010 1:56:00 AM
    Kimberly, This was painful to read because I could relate. I understand where you are coming from with this piece that I am sure was cathartic in its creation. You expressed feelings that will reach many who have not had a Donna Reed childhood. Blessings, Connie

  1. Date: 2/5/2010 6:16:00 PM
    Let me brush a tear away. This heartwrenching poem touched me deeply. The pain is clear and vivid in every word. An excellent write. And thank you so much for your comments on my poem, Heavenly Wings, very much appreciated.

  1. Date: 2/5/2010 5:06:00 AM
    A very emotional poem, Kimberly! Sometimes mothers could be really cruel. I guess you felt much better when having written this poem! Keep your pen flowing...Gert

  1. Date: 2/3/2010 9:14:00 AM
    Emotionalism, well-expressed in transparent intelligibility Kimberly. A cleansing write. Sincerely, love, Moses

  1. Date: 2/2/2010 11:04:00 AM
    This is very descriptive, expressive, and emotionly packed. If based on fact and not just a topic, my heart goes out for you. Putting it into words will help clear away some of the pain and start the path to recovery. Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 2/1/2010 10:24:00 AM
    wow this is an amazing poem very emotional and full of pain... good job keep writtin

  1. Date: 1/31/2010 3:16:00 PM
    Very sad but wonderful poem...Hope this is just a write...Marty

  1. Date: 1/31/2010 1:14:00 PM
    Dear Kimberly, You are strong, you are special, with a heart like yours you're what they call "salt of the earth"! Great write. God bless you. Peace and love, Audrey Thank you also for reading and leaving comments on my poem.

  1. Date: 1/31/2010 11:12:00 AM
    Feeling like you rank "second" to your brother must have been a terrible way to grow up, Hillary. And I find it ironic that he was able to move on with his life so easily after your mother's death. This is quite ironic and it says much about your loving heart. Genuinely moving -- leaves the reader gasping for breath, for hope that you have recovered. Beautifully written. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/31/2010 10:20:00 AM
    wow.... moving... and down trodden... autobiographical... I hope you are healed or still healing...

  1. Date: 1/31/2010 9:40:00 AM
    This is very heartfelt and I hope it does well in the contest, Kim. The second child is often the one to feel the brunt of things for some reason (it's a proven fact!) by the way I want you to know, I am not the woman in that poem I just wrote. I often write of imaginary characters who have "some" of my flaws and/or strengths and also characteristics of other people I know in life. LUv,Andrea

  1. Date: 1/31/2010 5:26:00 AM
    Wow Kimberly, what an expressive, touching, well written poem. Hit me hard and softly at the same time. Being the strong one isn't easy but some wrongly perceive it to be so with devestating results. You have succeeded in expressing these complicated feelings and relations is such a poetic manner. _Robert

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 11:46:00 PM
    touching and sad but it made you who you are and im sure there is someone out there that wouldnt change that for the world... thanks for the comment. good day

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 8:48:00 PM
    A sad reflection on a mother to favour one child above another. Perhaps she just didn't see it and thought she was protecting the weaker of her children, knowing , or at least feeling the other was strong enough for anything... No excuse of course.... This work pulls at the heart.....Margaret