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The Punching Bag - Through the Eyes of a Child

The Punching Bag - Through the Eyes of a Child
Each day the pattern was the same, for all Dad’s shortcomings, my Mom got the blame. WHACK! He cursed her for all his lost dreams… WHACK! For missed opportunities, and failed schemes. WHACK! Dad would hit his punching bag again, to release all his pent-up frustration and pain.
When he felt inadequate and couldn’t cope with life, he resorted to battering Mom, his “beloved” wife. Of course, it was always her fault that things were bad; so he made her suffer for all the troubles he had. Inflicting her with insults, black-eyes, concussions, and cuts, he claimed that she deserved them because she was like all sluts.
Craftily he played on her bully-enforced meekness, getting down on his knees to beg for her forgiveness. Moods swinging like a pendulum from night to day, his promises were empty - he would never change his vile ways. Predictably, he continued to torment her as he pleased, degrading and abusing her…he never ceased.
He figured low self-esteem would prevent Mom from leaving; and that she was a nobody, he really had her believing. He was oh so convinced that needed audacity she lacked, to ever think of opposing him, or of fighting him back. Besides, with no family around, no job, and no dough, he smugly concluded that she had no place else to go.
God knows she was weary of existing in this hell on earth; and I was tired of seeing her endure all that unbearable hurt. I had had enough of being terrified by that despicable monster, who had ruined her and made our lives an utter disaster. After convincing Mom that inevitably I’d suffer the same fate, one night, we finally escaped to a shelter before it was too late.
*** Note: Thank God, nothing like this ever happened to me. But this piece is dedicated to those many women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. 08-31-2015 Contest: Through the Eyes of a Child Sponsor: Placement: 2nd

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Date: 2/8/2017 11:55:00 AM
This is so sad. Makes me want to cry that children are subjected to abuse like this. Another 7.
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 2/8/2017 12:14:00 PM
Hell right at home! Sometimes we see people and have no idea the abuse they are being subjected to because on the surface all seems "normal!" Thank you so much, my dear Elizabeth! Pandita
Date: 12/17/2015 7:08:00 PM
Pandita this poems is provocative and oh so profound; be it rhyme or bio it is superbly written and visual.
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Date: 12/17/2015 7:14:00 PM
Thank you dear Lara, for your kind acknowledgment, complimentary words, and heartfelt comments which mean a lot to me! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 11/17/2015 2:27:00 PM
Your poem was creatively crafted in excellence. I am a fan of rhymes; and your end rhymes effectively described the pain and horror of your situation. The rhythm of your lines enhanced the smooth natural flow of your poem from beginning to end. The line variation supported the entire poems euphony. The imagery you evoked was real. You drew your readers into the cruel injustice you were forced to endure. You turned despair into hope; fear into courage. Your poem inspires others. Thank you.
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 11/18/2015 2:06:00 AM
Hi Mary, I am so appreciative of your very thoughtful and heartfelt comments and compliments! Thank you so very much for taking the time to read my work and leaving me your wonderful feedback! This means a lot to me! Have a wonderful day, my friend! Pandita
Date: 9/29/2015 7:33:00 AM
Hi Pandita. Wow, what a powerful poem you have written. It brings back memories of friends I had through my childhood whose father would batter their mother and destroy their family. Thank God there are those that reach out and help these women understand that they can walk away from such violence. Very well written through the eyes of the child. Thanks for sharing, my friend..... Robert.
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 9/29/2015 12:13:00 PM
Hi Robert, thank you for stopping by with your wonderful feedback, my friend, and thank you for your very complimentary words for this piece! Abuse of any kind is intolerable and we have to continue addressing it appropriately as a society. Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 9/10/2015 7:07:00 PM
Pandita.. Loved this write through a child's eyes, such a fitting winner!
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Date: 9/11/2015 8:55:00 PM
Dear Dave, I am so appreciative of your kind complimentary words and support, my friend! Thank you! All the best. Pandita
Date: 9/3/2015 2:18:00 PM
Pandita, you have captured the reality of abuse so well in your write, wonderfully penned and thanks for visiting my poem, one ~~
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Date: 9/4/2015 9:16:00 AM
Thank you so very much, my friend! It's great to hear from you with your lovely compliments! Have an enjoyable weekend! Pandita
Date: 9/3/2015 10:37:00 AM
Pandita, I read your poem and I remember those days of mine when I too have experienced some of these.... :'( sad indeed however, thank God He blessed my life. powerful, heartwrenching, thought provoking, humane poem!~Olive Eloisa =')
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Date: 9/3/2015 12:14:00 PM
My dear Olive, it pains my heart to even think that you suffered anything comparable to this at any time in your life! Thank you for your wonderful compliments and may God continue to bless you with His divine love! Please take care, my friend! Pandita
Date: 9/2/2015 10:22:00 PM
Congrats Pandita for a deserved top place win with this very thoughtful write!
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Pandita Sanchez
Date: 9/3/2015 7:55:00 AM
Hi Dr. Sharma, I thank you for your lovely message! Have a great day! Pandita
Date: 9/2/2015 10:03:00 PM
Very powerful, congratulations on your win Hugs Eve
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Date: 9/3/2015 7:54:00 AM
Thank you so very much, my friend! It's great to hear from you with your lovely compliments! Have an enjoyable day! Pandita
Date: 9/2/2015 8:14:00 PM
So powerfully written, and so sad, Pandita. Your words certainly bring forth the facts of this horrible truth. Congratulations on your outstanding win. Sandra
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Date: 9/2/2015 9:26:00 PM
Dear sandra, I am so appreciative of your kind complimentary words and heartfelt comments! Thank you! All the best. Pandita
Date: 9/2/2015 5:52:00 PM
Pandita, Congratulations on your win.-----SKAT
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Date: 9/2/2015 9:24:00 PM
Thank you dear Skat for your kind acknowledgment which means a lot to me! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 9/2/2015 3:44:00 PM
Such a a powerful message Pandita many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 9/2/2015 9:23:00 PM
Jan, thank you so much for your kind words which I truly appreciate! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 9/2/2015 8:51:00 AM
Solid 7 on this important and great poem. Shining more light on this dark subject is the way to go my friend! A7
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Date: 9/2/2015 9:43:00 AM
Thank you so very much, dear Robert, for your kind complimentary words and high score which I appreciate. Warmest regards always. Pandita
Date: 8/31/2015 9:43:00 PM
Pandita, this is a devastating social topic and you have done and excellent piece here exposing the tragedy of domestic violence and the impact on children! I hope you do well in the contest as it is a brilliant heart-tugging write! Well done, my friend, and A-7!! Kika
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Date: 8/31/2015 9:47:00 PM
Hi Kika, thank you for the wonderful compliments and I am so happy you appreciate this piece. I have always been an advocate against domestic violence and this was an opportunity to write about the topic in a creative way. Warmest regards. Pandita