Friday, August 1, 2008

remember

I.

small child

cold fear

bleak room

hard hand

door slams

daddy's gone

swollen eyes

tear-encrusted

hope collided

trust none


II.

light on

teddy hugged

back rubbed

breathing slowed

story told

mama’s here

fear gone

wrap around

night long


Rachel Westfall
August 1, 2008

4 comments:

devilsivy said...

Oh, the tag "what's wrong in the world" is the perfect comment. I'd like to think our sons will be nurturing-men.

RachelW said...

You are right, there is always hope for the next generation. I used to believe what you are saying, but my boy is showing warning signs of becoming the sort of abusive, manipulative jerk I wouldn't wish on any woman. It takes positive male role models to break the trend. But women tend to bear the blame when our boys grow up to treat women poorly.

What can we do as mothers, besides refusing to allow ourselves to be kicked around, manipulated, and generally treated as ass-wipe? Why would a boy listen to his mother when she tells him to treat girls/women right, when she puts up with that kind of shit from the men in her life? Yeah, it's definitely one of the things that is wrong in the world, and sadly, it's contagious.

guess who said...

"Why would a boy listen to his mother when she tells him to treat girls/women right, when she puts up with that kind of shit from the men in her life"?

Hmmm...Why does she put up with him?

I was picked on by my five sisters and my aunt. Sometimes women can instill negative traits in boys. Don't you think so?

..."what's wrong in the world"? Lot's. That's what!!

Lot's of great things also...when we (humans) perfect ourselves, we will no longer be required on this planet....Peace ;)

RachelW said...

Guess who, your sisters and aunts should not have picked on you. Yes, I'm sure that can instill negative traits-- ones like mistrust and resentment towards women, if you take their behaviour and build a stereotype of all women from it.

What do you think would have a bigger impact on how you view/treat women: how the women in your family treated you, or how your father treated your mother?

Blame women for the cycle of abuse, and you will only perpetuate it. Name it for what it is, and it can be conquered.

Peace :)