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Under the Roof of Abuse

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Under the Roof of Abuse

The rafters shake in irritation, as if to say what's the excuse?

A temper flames, then brings a tear.  It sears self-worth, again...again
Someone there has claimed the right and then the pain.....again...again

...The cracking whip of lashing tongues, where ridicule is wearing thin
A lightning strike, and anger spikes and victims die in little bites

It's somewhere close, a house nearby, we may not know, it goes unseen
But seams are ripping someone's life, every day, every night
 stripping pride and self esteem 

With little thought, for what they it someone you might know?
 With no excuse,  could it be you?   Or if it's not, what will you do?

Between the cracks one hears the taunts, wearing old familiar hats
Each shingle fears another hour......of rain that comes behind the fire

Is it your street, beyond the gate, another storm, regret too great ?
Does hope still cling, where love is sought?...

Is this called love...?  I'd say it's not

For The Contest: "abuse"
Sponsored By Black Eyed Susan

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 9:41:00 PM
    Carrie, Congratulations, in Susan's "ABUSE" contest... Goodnight **PD

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 9:34:00 PM
    A deep winning poem of abuse. Congratulations, *Luv ~ SKAT~

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 6:36:00 PM
    I think we would cringe if we really knew just how many houses there are...congratulations Carrie.

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 2:46:00 PM
    A masterpiece dear Carrie!!!!! It should be hung on every wall of every house for battered women. Elaine

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 11:53:00 PM
    carrie, one of the best I have seen and such a terribly common thing this is. I remember attending a lecture once and the guy speaking told us to go stand on a street and throw stones in any direction. He said one of six stones would hit on a house with major abuse going on. I think it's even higher than 1 in 6 if you consider all the different nuances of abuse.

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 4:34:00 PM
    Hello Carrie, :-) . Have yourself a wonderful and lovely Mother's Day. Lots of Luv & Hugs *Linda

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 7:12:00 PM
    The news made us wonder what in the world happens to some people. For crying out loud this man had kids of his own. How can this abuse happen so easily. Nicely said on your poem Carrie. Yes, we both are those May flowers with birthdays this month and even more special on the same day. Talk to you soon. love phyl

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 3:53:00 PM
    An excellent write on abuse. A close family member was abused badly. Thank God she finally left him, and her pride in herself is within herself again. Thank you for sharing this. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 7:52:00 PM
    It was so nice to hear from you, no it's not love but it is the only attention some folks get so what else can they call it? Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 8:32:00 PM
    Very effective write Carrie.....awesome...