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Forever Broken

Staring off into space wondering about the why's,
Afraid to break down totally...how many tears can I cry.

See the hurt-the confusion-the pain-her smile just a mask,
Can't concentrate-don't want to eat-sleep eludes-everything's a task.

Feel the anger-so much frustation-the seething animosity burning to my heart and soul,
Want to scream-to cry-to fight back with all that I am-will she or I ever again feel whole.

How many will have to suffer at the hand's of the sick perpetrator's that defile another 
human being,
When will the silence be forever broken and more of these perverts taken off the streets 
never again to be seen.

So many are afraid to come forth and tell what has been done to them, by being silent 
another will become a victim,
This rampant "rape culture" that we live in needs to be undone if not for yourself then for 
another whether it be a her or a him.

Today is the day where many can make a difference-look at your own child, niece, nephew, 
or a neighbor, which one will be the next to suffer,
How come the criminals seem to have so much more rights than the victims and the 
government is there to defend them, keep them safe- buffered.

What will it take for more to get up and take a stand against the many evils that lurk here in 
our own homeland, the USA,
Will it be today when you yourself have come face to face with an evil- or will you put it off 
until it comes to you one day.


***This was written when one of my daughter's became a victim. He was a friend of the 
families...someone we trusted. This was my way of coping with what happened. 


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  1. Date: 12/21/2010 11:23:00 PM
    Painful message Mary. My heart cries for you and your daughter. Keep writing; this is your refuge; your voice is being heard...Lay

  1. Date: 4/10/2010 8:58:00 AM
    These abuses are so hard to deal with and overcome. Your daughter can move on with love and support. It's especially hard when people you trust betray that trust in such a life altering and painful way. This poem brings the personal factor to abuse. Our nation needs to be a lot tougher on people that commit these crimes. My thoughts and prayers go with you and your daughter. Best wishes in the healing process. Take care. Karen

  1. Date: 4/9/2010 2:29:00 PM
    Mary, a very heartfelt powerful write here. My grandson and very young granddaugher, only age 3, were molested in their neighborhood this past summer by older boys. So it's now the young molesting the very young. It is a terrible circle that can't seem to be broken. thanks for your wonderful comment on my Imaginist poem and I agree with you. We need variety. I also love funny poets! LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 4/9/2010 9:45:00 AM
    Mary, this is a brave piece of writing to say the least. There are crimes, and there are crimes. If i was in power, crimes of this nature are against nature and i would never allow a rapist free when caught. In fact i would castrate them. If you don't want to do the time, don't do the crime. Vile they are, and vile they remain. In any society, they leave their stain >> James

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 7:59:00 PM
    Excellent and exquisitely written Mary and such a deeply touching subject to reveal with us all... glad your poetry got u through this momentous and rough time in your life...thankxxx for your sharing qualities..luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 5:28:00 PM
    Well you are right -it is a constant battle with the judicial system to do what it takes to stop these intolerable crimes from reoccuring. It many times seem as though the victim has less rights. Common sense is no longer a factor. Loop holes and technicalities are all the rage and this outrageous system seems to win and justice loses as a result of disrespect for life And your poem crime is just one faction of it all. Well you really got me goin on this one, Mary. -Robert

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 8:21:00 AM
    You chose a very productive way to cope with the attack on your daughter. How sad it was perpetrated by someone you knew and trusted. This appears to occur in many cases. I hope this poem's message is heard and understood by many readers. You really are a terrific writer, Mary, and I've enjoyed our exchanges. Love, carolyn

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 8:03:00 AM
    I feel for you I hate them perves. hurting the young and inocent. While the gov. Protects them .