Freckled skin, eyes of blue,
curly blonde, sweet, times two.
Just an innocent, knew no shame,
life taught lessons, one cruel game.
Ugly, spotty, frizzy haired child,
words that stung, she still smiled.
Orphan Annie, clothes, made from rags,
sewn from scraps, her mama had.
Never fitting in, moving every year,
new schools brought, a thousand tears.
Boys were mean, they pulled her hair,
calling her names, it was not fair.
Bullies are mean, they have no clue,
what a lifetime of damage, words can do.
Years of taunts, killed self esteem,
she punished herself, to the extreme.
By fifteen, bones were found,
hips and collar, her soul drowned.
A pretty little girl, with springy curls,
damaged by hate, in a judging world.
© Debra McLain
Excerpt form the book “Divided Lines – A Poet’s Stance”
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Foreword . . .
In a world of ever increasing advances seemingly created to make our lives easier to manage, envisioned to bring us together, to draw us closer, we are still in many instances isolated and at odds and validly apart. Something is missing, there is a snag, a rip, a hole in the spiritual fabric that we all see; yet we continue to fail to address.
It has been said by self-proclaimed philosophers, theologians, scholars’ and politicians that the abuse of words can be a danger, there are those that believe words are a leading factor in what ills our society. Of this we do not deny in full, there have been abuses, history is but a melody to that fact, yet it is also true that words have the innate capacity to bridge, to heal that which divides.
Opinions, views, religions, nations, people, even love divides. The focus of this book and the poets here in, is to give breath to a wide range of issues both small and controversial that lie beneath the surface. Things that we are often hesitant to discuss. In saying that, I will offer that the role of a poet is not to persuade or to add more rhetoric to the static we hear. A poet’s responsibility is to shine the light of awareness, to create a platform for dialogue, for healing, to gather up the images in an attempt to understand what we see.
Demitri Tyler, Author
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