Presents for pain

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Fear and shame forbade her to seek help.

She left my father for the fool

that beat her black and blue and various other hues.

The felonious ex-con, the jester junkie,

who tried to laugh away his multitude of sins –

all in the name of love: spelled l-u-s-t.

He traded presents for pain:

sick apology, a sign of insanity.

They were the same presents for pleasure:

pitiful trinkets and stolen bouquets.

He had no scratch.

He even spent her money on his addiction.

“I apologized,” he’d whine. “Now give me money for a fix,

or I teach you to be an obedient bitch.”

She suffered in silence

for the shame of leaving a gentle man

for the “bad boy” image –

the image made popular on the screen of the idiot box.

But the scripted image is not real life.

Her “bad boy” literally pissed his pants

when I informed him that castration

would be the present he received

if he ever hit my mother again… and he never did.

© JW Thomas

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9 thoughts on “Presents for pain

  1. Kay May 5, 2016 / 3:04 am

    This is raw and poignant, JW. His reaction isn’t surprising to me…the ones who must take power are often the most scared inside. That you stood up to him for your mother says so much about you. Thank you for sharing such a vulnerable topic with us.

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    • jwtatfbc May 5, 2016 / 3:53 am

      Thank you, Cathy. What a nice thing to say. My past has a lot to do with that, as you know, my friend.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Mary Cathleen Clark May 5, 2016 / 3:57 am

        Sometimes, our past can serve us well. Some, it leads down a road to self destruction; others, like you, it leads to compassion and understanding.

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      • jwtatfbc May 5, 2016 / 3:58 am

        Now, who’s making who blush? But thank you for saying so.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Mary Cathleen Clark May 5, 2016 / 4:02 am

        Happy I could do it, my friend. 🙂 I’m off to bed now. Good night and sweet dreams, JW.

        Liked by 1 person

      • jwtatfbc May 5, 2016 / 4:03 am

        Thanks again, Cathy. Good night and sweet dreams, Pretty Lady.

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