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My Road to Peace- part one

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My Road to Peace- part one

I had no way to ask for this, for you.
I was unable to take any precautions.
I was innocent in this decision
That you found yourself lost in.

Yet I was blamed anyway,
The prosecuted victim.
Those white jackets called you wrong
But you didn’t want to listen.

Remorse filled you, in you was me.
When you gave in to it at last.
Certain I’d be the end to your life,
Forcing me to play the role I was cast.

Growing strong against all odds
As you pumped into me your many escapes.
I learned exactly how good a mother
A selfish drug addict makes.

Through clouds of sweet smelling smoke
High as I learned to crawl and walk.
Through unfed affection and neglect, 
I learned how to talk.

Only to learn that screaming real words
Didn’t make one bit of a difference.
Between us, a thousand miles or beside you
Was emotionally the same distance.

I loved you with every breath I took
For so many years, you were all I had.
But you shattered me with you so many times.
As a baby I was already tired of being sad.

Not even finished with being a child,
You paraded me as your little adult.
You never believed me when I told you they hurt me
So I never knew that it wasn’t my fault.

You let me pay your debts for you
Never a thought to what I lost.
You fed me to things you should have protected me from.
Carelessly out the door, my innocence was tossed.




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  1. Date: 4/23/2009 9:49:00 AM

    I came back to this one. Damn! I've worked with so many and it never gets easier. Believe in yourself and keep believing. Don't sell yourself short. Vince

  1. Date: 4/21/2009 9:52:00 AM

    Congrats Tamra on your narrative being featured this week on Poetry Soup. Vince

  1. Date: 4/20/2009 9:08:00 PM

    Tamra, Congrats on having your poem featured!

  1. Date: 4/20/2009 8:45:00 PM

    Tamra, it's a sad story. Anyway, congratulations my freind on your poetry being featured. MIne is also featured this week. Ernilando

  1. Date: 4/20/2009 4:02:00 PM

    So sorry for what you have been through. Congrats on an excellent featured write of the week. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 4/20/2009 3:35:00 PM

    Tamra, This is too sad. I am sorry that this happend to you or whoever you are writing about. That kind of inappropriate behavior goes on way too much in the world. What the --- are they thinking???? No child deserves the pain you have described through your poem. God Bless You. Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. Always, Dane

  1. Date: 4/19/2009 10:06:00 PM

    Tamra, nice work and congrats on your feature...Raul

  1. Date: 4/19/2009 2:43:00 PM

    So sad--so much pain. It happens way too often. Congratulations on having your poem featured. Keep on writing. Wishing you continued success. Karen

  1. Date: 4/19/2009 11:14:00 AM

    Tamra - Tragic - Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week, God Bless, mj