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Sounds of the Day

Morning sounds wake sleepy heads in beds.
A thud against the wall...daddy's home, drunk!
Mommy must have given him that mommy look!
Sis and I rush to help mommy off the floor as
daddy flops across the bed with his shoes on
smelling of stale beer and cigarette's stench.

Mommy is too dizzy to finish fixing our sandwiches
of baloney for our brown bag lunch. With one punch
he laid her flat again. When will his cruelty end?
Tomorrow is Parent Teacher conferences but
they both won't show up... again. They never do.

Mean taunts from ugly kids at school, we don't listen.
We watch the clock on the classroom wall that ends
with a clattering of noisy chatter and beat up books being
joyously slammed closed then shoved into back packs
as the bell loudly rings announcing the school days end.

We walk slowly home together with dulled anticipation
to the empty sounds of no one home to greet us.
The television's voice is a welcoming distraction that
elevates our spirits with happy kids in family shows.

The best thing about T.V. dinners is no dishes to wash.
Mommy comes home from work at the diner after dark
still sporting dark sunglasses to hide daddy's shiner.
The last sounds of the day comes from mommy's singing us
old songs she remembers from her youthful years at home.

Connie Marcum Wong
Poem of the Day June 21, 2016

Copyright © Connie Marcum Wong | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 6/26/2016 10:26:00 AM

    Connie, did this make the winners' list. If not, it should have!! And wow, poem of the day. SO deserving of it. Congrats for that.
  1. Date: 6/26/2016 1:33:00 AM

    One of the best poems I have read on this topic, makes me sad to think this is reality for some, thanks or shining light on this issue!
  1. Date: 6/25/2016 4:10:00 PM

    Profound writing that was rightly rewarded! Congratulations dear, Connie!
  1. Date: 6/22/2016 4:05:00 AM

    Congratulations on Poem Of The Day, Connie:) Well deserved:)
  1. Date: 6/22/2016 2:31:00 AM

    Excellent. Very deep thoughts. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing it.
  1. Date: 6/21/2016 3:58:00 PM

    Is this your childhood?...If so I'm sorry. I was a teenage victim of what I can only call domestic insanity, and I know how hard it is. I think it made us better writers though and stronger people. Congrats on poem of the day!
  1. Date: 6/21/2016 12:47:00 PM

    - Congratulations, Connie - hugs
  1. Date: 6/21/2016 9:53:00 AM

    Oh, sad and deep, but oh so true for many I am sure. Your poem brings the pain the mom and kids suffer to life with your imagery. Congratulations on your poem being honored as 'Poem of the Day'! Hugs, 7 Sandra
  1. Date: 6/21/2016 8:10:00 AM

    A deep write, so sad.
  1. Date: 6/21/2016 7:06:00 AM

    Sadly well done Marcum, congratulations on POTD honors...
  1. Date: 6/20/2016 5:01:00 PM

    How many children have to live with this every day? You depicted it very well. We're the tv dinners Swanson's? Just curious
  1. Date: 6/20/2016 3:50:00 PM

    You tell a sad tale very vividly. Hope this has not been your reality and that this is fiction. Peace & Love Matthew Anish
  1. Date: 6/20/2016 2:36:00 PM

    Wow, Connie.....I can't belive this poem wasn't high on the winner's list. Sadly, it was indeed dark, but terribly real to so many who have grown up in an atmosphere leaden with the fallout of stories just like this. You deserve a #7, and more!
  1. Date: 6/20/2016 11:59:00 AM

    An excellent and meaningful narrative, Connie. What a life! The sad part is that very often the victims find it hard to move away from this abusive situation. Thank you for sharing and raising awareness. I had some ex-pupils of mine like this; not easy to take action. #7+ Regards // paul
  1. Date: 6/20/2016 11:04:00 AM

    Great write
  1. Date: 6/20/2016 4:42:00 AM

    Oh! This is quite sad! I'm glad it's not all personal:) I can see a winner for sure:) A #7:)
  1. Date: 6/19/2016 6:55:00 PM

    This is a very sad story but we'll written x good luck x
  1. Date: 6/19/2016 3:48:00 PM

    Connie, this is very upsetting no child should go through :'( these are remembered days. Good luck in the contest. A7 Hugs Eve
  1. Date: 6/19/2016 12:46:00 PM

    wow, I LOVE this , Connie. You really were inspired. Sad if much of it was true, but this is a very powerful poem on the topic you portray. A FAVE
  1. Date: 6/19/2016 12:39:00 PM

    Many of us lived this life, children of alcoholics usually end up stronger but with displaced feelings of belonging and purpose. Disfunctional families rarely ever function normally, even after treatment. Thanks for this write, you are not alone.
  1. Date: 6/19/2016 9:51:00 AM

    You could be describing a chapter in my life. If you have a chance check out my website My book DUMMY Hurtful and Healing words was inspired by such a man. My heart breaks for families like this. I pray that this is a write of fiction from you Connie.
  1. Date: 6/19/2016 9:11:00 AM

    oh Connie, you had me in tears with this...the most amazing thing I have found of children living thru such harshness is their resilience and the lengths their love would go in forgiveness for the abusive parent - sometimes both, and usually with drugs involve...sad reality still for many..such a great and touching write :)
  1. Date: 6/19/2016 8:11:00 AM

    Connie, your sounds of the day are such SAD sounds. Let me ...b r u s h ... a tear away now and tell you that I love this 7 ~
  1. Date: 6/19/2016 7:42:00 AM

    - Dear Connie, this was painful memories and sounds .... I hope it's not from reality - A deeply sad poetry, great written - Good luck in the contest - A 7 - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 6/19/2016 3:41:00 AM

    This is the saddest poem I've read from you Connie, although knowing you so well know well it takes place to others and not to your family. Sad, but so forceful in rendition. A 7