I was a child, I spilled my cereal, you beat me, I cried
now that you are old and feeble, spilling your cereal
on the breakfast table, I will not treat you like that...
I was a child, put my feet over the arms of the chair,
you hit me, called me names, screaming in my face,
causing me fear and shame....
now that you are old and feeble, with your feet upon
the coffee table, I will not treat you like that.....
I was a child, who mommy and daddy could not love,
you hurt me, you beat me, threw me to the ground,
I cried out in pain, but you did not care, you left me
in a pile on the floor....gasping for air....
now that you are old and feeble, needing love and
support, I will not grab you and choke you by the
throat...I will not treat you like that.....
I was a child, you caused me to fear, for my own
life and for my brothers and sister so dear...
the nightmares you caused me were my day to day
reality, no where to turn, no hope in sight...day after
day subjected to your might, abused and confused..
now that you are old and feeble, your own fears
and doubts, afraid of the dark and the strange sounds
needing someone to rescue you from the reality of
growing old and confused....
I will not treat you like that......
Your seven children who you tortured and beat,
shoved into walls, fists to our bodies, your words hit
even harder then that, as they disfigured our hearts
and minds, and your disdain and hatred caused us all to
consider ending our lives...
and now that you are old and feeble, needing our help
to survive....we know what you did, although you don't
remember the pain that you caused or even consider..
as you complain that your children are not treating you
right...did you ever consider what we went through all
of our lives...the hell we endured at your hands
and now you cry out...and do not understand...
but we will not treat you like that......
Copyright Laurie Ann Smith June 2010
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