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[box_dark]It’s hard for me to let go of my work, but I must let go so I can move on. You must let some poems go so you can try to wash away the pain. It doesn’t wash away completely, but it’s a start. This poem is a very personal piece, and while you read you may not understand it, but this is part of my recovery. [/box_dark]

It was once upon a time
but this is no joke, this is my life
I suffer, I still struggle
to understand, to understand the pain
there is no definition in this book for what was done
to me, but I can’t go on blamin’ myself
see, that’s what he wants from me
he wants my tears, my fears, my silence.

He raped my childhood, he took it from me
now, that was his fault, not mine, I see
it took many years to finally see.

My mother’s heart hit the floor in rage
a rage I’ve never seen.
I sat on the couch listening to the screams
feeling the emotions pour out of her,
watching her fragile heart bleed,
tears form a stream down her cheeks.
I had to let her know.
She’s now aware.
She knows the pain I face.
Seven years old,
my fate touched me.

It was once upon a time
but this is no joke, this is my life.

There’s a great deal of violence waiting
gonna come for you in the night
sleep with one eye on your nightstand.
I see alcohol has gotten you
may it slowly take your life,
as you’ve shortened mine.

It was once upon a time
but this is no joke, this is my life…

 

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