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Harridan in a Housecoat

~Harridan in a Housecoat~ Four small children sent for care as their mother was taken so ill No father could they reach for them so they were sent off at someone’s will In the night taken from their beds, no word spoken, hearts full of dread Taken to a town far away and not knowing what lay ahead. A huge housecoat descended down like a crow devouring road kill At the side stood a henchman, pointed nose, dark hair, and vengeful Warning words left in theirs ears "be good or else there will be trouble" “No one wants you now you know, not your parents” she burst that bubble. The housecoat and the henchman dealt out their ghastly deeds To three of the children she vented her spleen, her willing helper dealt her needs The fourth child the baby, she showered with kisses and good food to eat She bought her clothes and dressed her well, and spoke to her words so sweet. The three all under the age of six did dread each and every night When scrubbed with scrubbing brushes, their skin looking red raw and tight. She had to get the scum off them because they were now in care It was obvious that no one loved them, that’s why they were there. Frightened and timid were the three, but the youngest was well looked after Jealousy did form in the minds of the three - it robbed them of their laughter The harridan in the housecoat with her willing henchman Thought up little tortures finding the Achilles’ heels in each child one by one. The housecoat and the henchman were in for big surprise When the father sent for the children, she couldn’t believe her eyes Bribery she tried on the siblings so the children would never tell But there is not one that would condemn her to her well preached hell. The housecoat and the henchman a mother and daughter no less A good churchgoing family with their holy pictures to bless Evil in their deeds of torture and of mental games The harridan in the housecoat and the daughter with no name.
© ~GG~ 6/08/2012

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  1. Date: 11/28/2012 11:34:00 AM
    Dear Mandy, Hope this finds YOU and YOURS Healthy and High in the Spirit. With this POEM YOU have brought back memories of my YOUTH. Superb Soup Mail Call LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Eternal (Young) Liege...Harry

  1. Date: 11/20/2012 2:10:00 PM
    Dear Mandy, I will be back tomorrow as my time is up at the Library You gave me memories Please read The Darkest Blackest Tuesday - series It is all True LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Eternal (Young) Liege. ..Harry ------- Good Night

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 2:42:00 PM
    about the 14th time here, with this gem, i believe this should be seen, somewhere out there in the big wide world, it is so good so special...

    horsman Avatar harry horsman
    Date: 11/18/2012 2:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    we'll talk about this one day...
  1. Date: 8/9/2012 8:26:00 AM
    Well done, this is sad...but I sure enjoyed this. Hugs Laila

    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
    Date: 8/9/2012 11:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Laila xx
  1. Date: 8/9/2012 7:09:00 AM
    Woe!..Some children face this when placed in foster care or even in their biological home where they are supposed to be loved..This is a great work about a topic that needs to be out there..Thanks for stopping by my blog..Yes, we have had some rain but there is always the sparkling sun that comes through..Sara

    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
    Date: 8/9/2012 7:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Sara, how weird I was writing to Harry when your comment came in and it put the comment for harry on you. Yes its a long time ago but it shows that some people should never be trusted to look after other peoples children, never mind their own
    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
    Date: 8/9/2012 7:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are so good for me, thanks harry xx
  1. Date: 8/9/2012 6:30:00 AM
    Sad, yet another beaut fromn you Mandy, again these incidents in life, need to be written, and in poetry form is as good as it gets, especially when as good as this.

    horsman Avatar harry horsman
    Date: 11/18/2012 2:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    this is already in my fav, i forget to tell you when i put them over...
    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
    Date: 8/9/2012 7:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi harry my comment to you glitched up to Sara, I want to say how good you are for me and thanks xx
  1. Date: 8/9/2012 3:35:00 AM
    What a sad tale! But full marks to you for a great narration. enjoyed the read.

  1. Date: 8/8/2012 12:11:00 PM
    Hi Mandy pulss at the heart strings, so sad that this actually can happen in these days, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 8/7/2012 8:12:00 PM
    What a tale this was. It reminded me somewhat of that great story, Flowers in the Attic. Did you do another poem recently similar to this. I remember commenting to someone that their poem also made me think of that story Flowers in the Attic. Was this a poem you did when David sponsored the Harridan contest and had to change it a long time ago? I sure enjoyed this.

  1. Date: 8/7/2012 11:20:00 AM
    your poem dragged me through anger and grieve,hooray for dad,great write GG

  1. Date: 8/7/2012 10:51:00 AM
    This is heart rending and sounds like a true experience. I hope not. Is this why you were raised without Christmas? Riveting story and dramatic with your description of the villains. Thank you for your always kind comments. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/6/2012 7:47:00 PM
    A distressing tale like the ones they used to tell to make children behave.

    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
    Date: 8/7/2012 10:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Do you think it worked haha xx
  1. Date: 8/6/2012 1:47:00 PM
    Oooo, a very touching story... nicely told (and rhymed)... Terry

    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
    Date: 8/7/2012 10:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Terry xx