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Shock Treatment

When you tell a nine year old boy his mother is having shock treatment                                                       He might pretend nothing is happening                                                                                         Or he might remember Boris Karloff  on a table in a lightning storm                                                With the monsters large hands twitching in the shackles                                                                        He might stay awake all night listening for shuffling down the hall                                                       And teach  himself to breath softly under the covers                                                                 I know I did and when my mother came home                                                                                        She never looked or acted the same again                                                                                   And from then on                                                                                                                              The smell of my mothers channel #5 and Frankenstein where connected forever

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  1. Date: 5/17/2013 8:52:00 PM
    I have read several of your poems..they are wonderful. I stand by my comment on the form though. Please be just you..BG

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 12:16:00 PM
    Michael, this is exceptionally portrayed through the end. WOW

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 3:10:00 PM
    WOW! This is both breathtaking and heart breaking. I understand completely the way a young boy feels when a parent is ill and changes. I wrote "Too Much There" about the impact of my father's death... Jack

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 8:03:00 PM
    Well this is awesome, you are so right/ never being the same. A friend who decided was depressed, went in about a month ? Came home said she was getting shock treatments. NO, I said, she was never the same anymore. ,,,, Yes Lilith was Adams first wife, you are the only one said anything about ;}

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 7:38:00 PM
    Soupmail :)

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 7:21:00 AM
    wow this is awesome. a wonderful perspective indeed

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 6:45:00 AM
    Wow! You captured the nine yr old perspective perfectly. the poem itself, is shocking. hugs, Catie :)