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A Loving Son

They always said, “Please bother us no more” when Tommy sang, and Mom would stick her head inside his room. “We need to shut your door!” And once he loudly sobbed because he tore his toy plane, but all his father said was, “I cannot be bothered any more.” Another time he fell and felt so sore, but Mother quickly wiped the spot that bled, said, “Go to sleep. I’m going to shut the door.” He learned to neither ask them questions nor expect attention, for he felt great dread of hearing their “Please bother us no more.” One day a young man thought, “What’s living for? No more tears do I have left to shed. . . I’d better not forget to shut the door.” They heard the shot and ran and saw the gore. Their loving son lay silenced on his bed. The note read, “I will bother you no more. Mom and Dad, I remembered to shut the door.” *The simple abuse of neglect, probably the most prevalent of all child abuse.

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Date: 4/14/2017 10:55:00 PM
A heart-breaking write, Andrea. Congrats on your win! Blessings, Kim
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Date: 4/4/2017 6:10:00 PM
so sad Andrea...reminds me a little of my sister, but in a different way sorta. Loved this- thank you and congrats :)-luloo
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Date: 4/4/2017 6:01:00 PM
Some people should not be allowed to have children. If you don't want to be bothered, use birth control. A sad piece, Andrea, suicide is bad at any age, but a child, no child should have to consider such a thing.
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Date: 10/8/2016 7:29:00 AM
I agree w/the other poetesses/poets that it was an sad poem, Andrea. But, even more so, it was an informative poem. It was meant (if I may be so bold as to speak on behalf other readers like me) to enlighten people about a chillingly grave issue like child neglect. Very endearing poem. The first of yours I've read. Will read more of your work as time goes by. Love and peace.
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Date: 8/26/2016 11:06:00 AM
This is so touching and sad Andrea...Well done.
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Date: 4/21/2016 7:23:00 AM
My goodness..this is the type of piece that resonates, so potent. How sad that this is an awful truth. Congratulations on your win.
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Date: 4/14/2016 10:23:00 PM
Andrea, , congratulations on the honorable mention of your poem. Linda
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Date: 4/14/2016 7:57:00 AM
Wow, a shockingly real depiction of neglect. Congrats on your win Andrea.
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Date: 4/13/2016 9:04:00 PM
Andrea, very sad...congrats on your placement in the contest -luloo :)
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Date: 11/6/2015 10:55:00 AM
OMG - this was a tear jerker and reminds of a young man I went to school with in 1963 - he was always so quiet- and at our 10 year reunion we could submit a little biography to be put in the pamphlet that was to be sent out to those who attended...he was neglected and abused at home and took his life before it even came out...you never know what life is at home...this a chilling poem to me....great writing....
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Date: 11/5/2015 2:40:00 PM
Congratulations Andrea this was my favorite also. A well deserved win my Dear!!
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Date: 11/5/2015 2:11:00 AM
A worthy topster, Andrea, mucho congratzionez! Viv x
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Date: 11/4/2015 9:29:00 AM
So sad and touching, congratulations on the well-deserved win!
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Date: 11/3/2015 11:07:00 PM
Hi Andrea. Congrats for your well, deserved #1 placement! ;-)
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Date: 11/3/2015 9:32:00 PM
Very well deserved top spot. Congratulations Andrea.
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Date: 11/3/2015 9:12:00 PM
Andrea a heartfelt win!!! Congratulations.
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Date: 11/3/2015 5:28:00 PM
Andrea, this sad well written piece brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations on your top win it was well deserved:-)Alexis 7
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Date: 11/3/2015 5:04:00 PM
Fantastic poem and great first place win!
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Date: 11/3/2015 2:46:00 PM
Extremely sad and unforgivable story you shared through this amazing Villanelle, Andrea. Congrats on your top win! Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 11/3/2015 2:05:00 PM
So sad Andrea...those last two lines went right through me
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Date: 11/3/2015 1:52:00 PM
Andrea, congratulations on your win! I think we are all guilt of that, :'( Hugs Eve
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Date: 11/3/2015 1:46:00 PM
Oh Andrea, how heart wrenching this is but a well deserved first place win. I enjoyed the read~ Caryl
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Date: 11/3/2015 1:19:00 PM
WOW! Amazing and a well deserved win :) Be blessed -LU
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Date: 11/3/2015 12:58:00 PM
Andrea, Congratulations on your Any Sad Poem win. LOVE **SKAT**
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Date: 11/3/2015 8:27:00 AM
This heart-wrenching, winning poem made me cry, Andrea. Congratulations! Janice
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Date: 11/3/2015 8:28:00 AM
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