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Memories Beyond the Door

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Memories Beyond the Door

She thought she had thrown away the key
That locked the door to those memories
But that door cannot be secured with locks
And it sprang open again like Pandora ’s Box

Hands touching her private places
Contempt and disgust on familiar faces
Pain and heartbreak she tried to shut out
Inside her head started again to shout

From people she should expect caring and love
Into a harsh world they violently shoved
Abuse and torment was her reality
So she tried to escape through fantasy

Finally rescued by her adult age
And the tormenters six feet under a grave
She hoped to lock the memories away in her mind
But to her little girl nightmares she cannot turn blind

The door she tries to keep locked forever
She will have to go inside to help her get better
She just needs to find the courage and strength
To take the journey to that ultimate length

What lies behind her memory door
Are not things that she should feel guilty for
The key to good health is not locking them in
But releasing them forever to let the healing begin

Written and posted 5-1-13.  I just saw that the rules limit to 20 lines - I could possibly change this to be 20 lines, but am leaving it as is for now.  If it does not qualify - I understand.

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  1. Date: 5/1/2013 1:14:00 PM
    Don't change a thing! It's perfect...and if it doesn't take top be it...this is one of the best writings I have ever read.....DON'T CHANGE A THING....

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 1:00:00 PM
    Poor lady. to have carried such memories all of her life. I had a little trouble with the 20 line limit and had to remove some stanzas. Mine were all good memories though. Thank you for commenting and your poem should be a winner. Love, Joyce