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Sock Monkey

Sock monkey,
Cozy on my shelf;
Who knows you better,
Than the memories of myself?

Tears drenched my pillow,
I held you as I cried;
Through father's drunken fury,
Together we would hide

Little sock monkey,
I'd pray that I were dead;
Helpless was dear mother,
As we laid there in my bed

Alcohol's indignity,
A father's mortal hate;
You were my only ally,
No dreams to compensate

Sock monkey,
You never left my side;
Fear has made me stronger,
While heartache coincides

The years have brought me joy,
Time's left you old and worn;
Your hand-stitched smile's eternal,
No realm for mock or scorn

Here I am, a man...
A husband, a father, a friend;
Little sock monkey,
My companion 'til the end


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  1. Date: 4/15/2014 5:57:00 PM

    Thanks, Milton, for the clarification. I never had a "sock monkey." My outlet during my difficult childhood was nature and art. Best to you. C.L
  1. Date: 4/15/2014 1:38:00 PM

    Nicely written and clear to comprehend, except for "sock monkey"? Enlighten me, if you would. C.L.
  1. Date: 4/15/2014 12:25:00 PM

    Hi Milt..enjoyed your poem although it is sad...comfort in an old friend. BG