Poem about Sadness

This poem is about some of the trauma and hurt families experience. If these are not dealt with, they can slowly erode a families closeness.

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Complicated Families

© JQ Downing

Published on February 2006

So many tears shed in the dark of night,
hidden away in our private thoughts
only to be shelved with morning's first light.
Because of no courage to speak of the pain,
this part of our lives remains the same...

Mothers and Fathers, Sisters and Brothers
gather for holidays they hope will heal,
while gathered together sharing a meal,
what they bring, back from the past,
perhaps they'll be able to bed it, at last.

Years of analysis, a lifetime of good,
can be shattered with just one word,
maybe a look, or gesture of scorn;
any of which destroys years of progress,
all the good overturned.
At least that's what I'm told
over and over again...

I sit by a letter, addressed to my sister,
no courage to post it, no guts to muster.
I've written the things I needed to say;
will she get my meaning or stray away
into her own thoughts to calm her that day?
thoughts of comfort, truth not portrayed.

It must be nice to be the favored child of choice,
to not know the feelings of a life not rejoiced,
to know through life, whatever wrong you've done
in the eyes of the parents, you'll remain number one;
to not know what it's like to give of your soul
for recognition that you will never, ever know...

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  • by Rae Barrientos
  • 3 months ago

I was touched by this amazing poem and I can relate to every single word. Just like me, I've been through all of these sad things.

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